Paul Fussell, 1924-2012

George Simmers, blogging at Great War Fiction, reports the death of Paul Fussell, who wrote the widely-read “The Great War and Modern Memory.” Simmers gives the book a quick review, pointing out what he considers its flaws, but praising it, too, saying, “Historians have rightly bashed him for his exaggerations and errors, but he was a pioneer, opening up the literature of the Great War, going beyond piety to look critically at the subject.”

It has been a long time since I read it — anyone else want to chime in?

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