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Undertones or War is a 1928 memoir of the First World War, written by English poet Edmund Blunden. As with two other famous war memoirs-—Siegfried Sassoon's Sherston trilogy, and Robert Graves' Good-Bye to All That--Undertones represents Blunden's first prose publication,[1] and was one of the earliest contributors to the flurry of Great War books to come out of England in the late 1920s and early 1930s.[2]

Undertones of War
AuthorEdmund Blunden
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English
GenreMemoir
PublisherR. Cobden-Sanderson
Publication date
1928

SynopsisEdit

Paul Fussell has called Undertones of War an "extended elegy in prose," [3] and critics have commented on its lack of central narrative. Like Henri Barbusse's Under Fire and Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front (novel), the text presents a series of war-related episodes rather than a distinct, teleological narrative.

ReviewsEdit

According to Paul Fussell, in Blunden's “writing about horror and violence, understatement delivers the point more effectively than either idealism or heavy emphasis.”[4]. G.S. Fraser, meanwhile, has called the text "the best war poem," despite its prose form, and went so far as to print sections as poetry in the London Magazine.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fussell, Paul (1975). The Great War and Modern Memory. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 310. ISBN 9780195133325.
  2. ^ Bostridge, Mark (2014). Vera Brittain and the First World War. London: Bloomsbury. p. 125. ISBN 9781408188446.
  3. ^ Fussell, Paul (1975). The Great War and Modern Memory. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 254. ISBN 9780195133325.
  4. ^ Fussell, Paul (1975). The Great War and Modern Memory. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 339. ISBN 9780195133325.
  5. ^ Fussell, Paul (1975). The Great War and Modern Memory. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 254. ISBN 9780195133325.