Bringing together Sigmund Freud, Osip Mandelstam, Lloyd George, Bertrand Russell, Isaac Rosenberg, Sigfried Sassoon, Vera Brittain -voices famous and unknown - Peter Vansittart takes us through the course of the Great War, juxtaposing letters from the trenches with music-hall songs, and the words of poets and politicians. Linking the public and the personal, the history with the myth, his rich and unorthodox anthology forms a moving image of everything that went into the War, and culminated in its 'scalding waste of spirit'.
Peter Vansittart is equally well known for his twenty-five novels and for his anthologies on subjects as diverse as London, the French Revolution, and Royalty. He has written on history, on myths, on humour and on the English Language. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honourary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. He lives in London and Suffolk.
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