Tag Archives: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Great Pro-War Literature Doesn’t Exist

In which I argue that great pro-war literature doesn’t exist, including “The iliad” and “War and Peace.” (Both works are magnificent; I just don’t see them as pro-war.)

Posted in Homer, Tennyson (Alfred Lord), Tolstoy (Leo) | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Through WWII, My Father Carried Poetry

Literature played a major role in my father’s World War II experiences.

Posted in Bates (Scott), Caldwell (Erskine), Graves (Robert), Hemingway (Ernest), Hersey (John) | Also tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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