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Find out about poetry, fiction and plays on World War 1 with links to critical materials to support your studies
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World War 1

Known at the time as "The Great War" or "The War to end all wars" the war gave rise to many outstanding literary works and is still doing so.

Our library has mFiction areaany of these texts and a range of articles and books for critical appreciation of these works.

Fiction - you will find this on the middle floor next to the library office.

Poetry you will find on the top floor (Sports Hall Side) and the number to look out for is 821.912

Plays are at 822.91 on the opposite side of the bay from poetry

World War 1 History is at 940.3 - Sports Hall side


Key Criticism

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Great War and the Modern Memory - Paul Fussell
Call Number: 820.912
This book made a stir when it first came out in 1976. The author, a literary and social historian, looks at the impact of World War I on English and American literature. He moves from the enthusiasms of Rupert Brooke to the harsher realities of Sassoon and Graves, and goes on to show how notions and images of war have coloured common speech and imaginative writing down to the age of Amis and Heller. An interesting, though occasionally a maddening book. (Kirkus UK)


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