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A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture Paperback – 12 Mar 1992

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (12 Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712650415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712650410
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is cultural history of a sweeping order... which can be savoured for its profusion of exhibits as well as for its ambitious thesis... A teeming book full of learning and humanity." (C. J. Fox Independent)

"Makes tremendous sense... The wholly coherent effect of Hynes's study is all the more notable for the disintegrated nature of his material... A greatly rewarding study of how culture was dumbfounded." (Mick Imlah The Times Literary Supplement)

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Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature as Princeton University. Together with his earlier works- The Edwardian Turn of Mind and The Auden Generation- A War Imagined forms an important continuous study of the relationship between literature, the arts and th4e events of history during the first four decades of the twentieth century.

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Format: Paperback
This book was first published in the early 1990s and it is in my opinion still one of the best studies of FWW literature and culture. Hynes provides important historical context as well as a broad-ranging discussion of many interesting novels, memoirs, poems, paintings, and other responses to the war. This is an excellent, readable introduction to the topic. It is useful for students and teachers at all levels as well as for the interested general reader.
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dull writing on an interesting subject 16 Aug 2012
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Format: Paperback
This book is like a very large chocolate-chunk cookie with flavorless dough and big chunks of high-quality chocolate. Hynes' prose is rather dull and consists of making the same points over and over, but he includes discussions of, and quotations from, some fascinating books written from about 1914 to about 1930. Most readers will be inspired to make a list of all the World War I books they now want to read, so Hynes has performed a worthwhile service. The illustrations are intriguing too.
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