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The Return of the Soldier (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

World War I, the backdrop of Rebecca West's first novel, was "the first war that women could imagine, as Samuel Hynes writes in his eloquent Introduction, "and so it was the first that a woman could write into a novel". However, The Return of the Soldier (1918) takes place not on the battlefield but in an isolated country house. Narrated by a woman who, like West, has never experienced war and yet for whom the war is very real, it examines the relationships between three women and a soldier suffering from shell shock. This novel of an enclosed world invaded by public events also embodies in its characters the shifts in England's class structures at the beginning of the twentieth century, and the choice between the romantic past and the horrifying present, between love and reality.

Synopsis:

Writing her first novel during World War I, West examines the relationship between three women and a soldier suffering from shell-shock. This novel of an enclosed world invaded by public events also embodies in its characters the shifts in England's class structures at the beginning of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of several major works of literary criticism, including The Auden Generation, Edwardian Occasions, and The Edwardian Turn of Mind. Hynes's wartime experiences as a Marine Corps pilot were the basis for his highly praised memoir, Flights of Passage. The Soldiers' Tale, his book about soldiers' narratives of the two world wars and Vietnam, won a Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141180656
Introduction:
Hynes, Samuel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Hynes, Samuel
Introduction:
Hynes, Samuel
Author:
West, Rebecca
Author:
Hynes, Samuel
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
England
Subject:
Amnesia
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Country homes
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
War neuroses.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Series Volume:
no. UMTRI-88-20."
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.78x5.14x.30 in. .21 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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