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Death of a Hero

Richard Aldington - Author

James H. Meredith - Introduction by

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ISBN 9781101602935 | 368 pages | 26 Feb 2013 | Penguin Classics | 18 - AND UP
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One of the great World War I antiwar novels—honest, chilling, and brilliantly satirical
 
Based on the author's experiences on the Western Front, Richard Aldington's first novel, Death of a Hero, finally joins the ranks of Penguin Classics. Our hero is George Winterbourne, who enlists in the British Expeditionary Army during the Great War and gets sent to France. After a rash of casualties leads to his promotion through the ranks, he grows increasingly cynical about the war and disillusioned by the hypocrisies of British society. Aldington's writing about Britain's ignorance of the tribulations of its soldiers is among the most biting ever published. Death of a Hero vividly evokes the morally degrading nature of combat as it rushes toward its astounding finish.



"[Death of a Hero] takes its place among the half dozen superb stories of the war that will not let men forget.” — The Nation


Death of a Hero is a book impossible to ignore.” — Arnold Bennett


“This novel is an undervalued war novel treasure by a pioneering 20th-century literary figure. The quality of writing about the war should rank this novel among the classics about World War I warfare and even for all time.” — James H. Meredith



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