Good-Bye to All That : An Autobiography (Anchor Books)
Good-Bye to All That An Autobiography - Anchor Books Author:Robert Graves In this autobiography, first published in 1929, poet Robert Graves traces the monumental and universal loss of innocence that occurred as a result of the First World War. Written after the war and as he was leaving his birthplace, he thought, forever, Good-Bye to All That bids farewell not only to England and his English family and friend... more »s, but also to a way of life. Tracing his upbringing from his solidly middle-class Victorian childhood through his entry into the war at age twenty-one as a patriotic captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, this dramatic, poignant, often wry autobiography goes on to depict the horrors and disillusionment of the Great War, from life in the trenches and the loss of dear friends, to the stupidity of government bureaucracy and the absurdity of English class stratification. Paul Fussell has hailed it as ""the best memoir of the First World War"" and has written the introduction to this new edition that marks the eightieth anniversary of the end of the war. An enormous success when it was first issued, it continues to find new readers in the thousands each year and has earned its designation as a true classic.« less
A brilliant evocation of the experiences of the author before and during and shortly after World War I. He seems to have known everybody from John Masefield to Siegfried Sassoon to T.E. Lawrence and writes cogently about a world in which poetry was a widespread and honored form of expression. Graves, probably most familiar in America as the author of I, Claudius, describes the terrible conditions of trench warfare and the resulting cynicism that pervades postwar Europe as a result.
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"In this soldier's story, first published in 1929, poet Robert Graves traces the monumental loss of innocence that occurred as a result of World War I. Written after the war and as Graves was leaving England--he thought, forever--"Goodby to All That" bids farewell not only to his birthplace By the year of his departure, a way of life had ended, and England and the modern world would never be the same...this dramatic, poignant, and often wry memoir depicts all the horrors and disillusionment of the Great War...Paul Fussell has hailed [it] as 'the best memoir of the First World War'...[it] continues to earn its designation as a truly timeless classic."