As the world commemorates the hundredth anniversary of World War I,
the literary canon of the war has consolidated around the memoirs
written in the years after the Armistice by soldier-writers who
served in the trenches. Another kind of Great War literature has
been almost entirely ignored: the books written and published
during the war by the greatest English, American, French, and
German writers at work--books that show us how the best, most
influential writers responded to an overpowering human and cultural
catastrophe. Where Wars Go to Die: The Forgotten Literature of
World War I explores this little-known cache of contemporary
writings by the greatest novelists, poets, playwrights, and
essayists of the war years, examining their interpretations and
responses, weaving excerpts and quotations from their books into a
narrative that focuses on the various ways civilian writers
responded to an overwhelming historical reality. The authors whose
war writings are presented include George Bernard Shaw, Henry
James, Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, Edith Wharton, Maurice
Maeterlinck, Henri Bergson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Romain Rolland,
Thomas Mann, Thomas Hardy, May Sinclair, W. B. Yeats, Ring Lardner,
Reinhold Niebuhr, and dozens more of equal stature. Intended for
the general reader as much as the specialist, Where Wars Go to Die
breaks important new ground in the history and literature of World
War I. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are
proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in
history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his
henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil
War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome,
medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title
we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national
bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are
sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise
find a home.
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