On May 15, 2008, at 6:27 PM, Lawrence Helm wrote:
Comment: But Paul Fussell, whose expertise seems to be English Literature, provides us with a provocative interpretation of these matters.
Fussell has written extensively about warfare, in part because he was a lieutenant in the 103 rd Infantry Division in W.W.2. You'll have seen him speaking in Ken Burns' "The War" perhaps?
"Provocative" is exactly the right word to describe his book, which grows out of anger--see Wikipedia on this-- and high culture concerns. It should be read, I think, as an examination of how an officer's experience of World War One differed from that of World War Two. The extent to which people quoted the "Oxford Book of English Verse" is one example of his exaggeration. That said, it's a really interesting book.
David Ritchie, Portland, Oregon