Accession Number:

ADA522029

Title:

The Great War: A Literary Perspective

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

Historian Raymond Sontags book about the interwar period from 1919 to 1939 has a graphic title, A Broken World 1971. In the preface to his book, Sontag tells us he borrowed his title from Gabriel Marcels play of 1933, Le monde casse, a play in which Marcels heroine seems to say we live in an age when the values that once gave meaning to life no longer animate us. Analysis of the literature produced by those who participated in the First World War and those who have carefully studied it suggests that the war was one of those historical events that affected human consciousness profoundly. The literature on World War I is vast, and selection of what is purported to be the essence of the experience risks distortion -- despite ones best intentions. The works cited in this essay were selected for no reason other than that they got it right in reflecting prewar moods, the experience of war, and expectations for life after the war.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE