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By Takayoshi Ichiro

ISBN-10: 1107085268

ISBN-13: 9781107085268

Ichiro Takayoshi's e-book argues that global struggle II reworked American literary tradition. From the mid-1930s to the yankee access into international conflict II in 1941, pre-eminent figures from Ernest Hemingway to Reinhold Neibuhr replied to the flip of the public's curiosity from the commercial melancholy at domestic to the risk of totalitarian platforms out of the country via generating novels, brief tales, performs, poems, and cultural feedback within which they prophesied the arriving of a moment global conflict and explored how the US might organize for it. the diversity of competing solutions provided a wealthy legacy of idioms, symbols, and traditional arguments that have been destined to license America's merchandising of its values and pursuits all over the world for the remainder of the 20th century. formidable in scope and addressing an important diversity of writers, thinkers, and artists, this ebook is the 1st to set up the outlines of yankee tradition in this pivotal interval.

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At the airport in Prague, “Mary gave the customs inspector her passport first. It was always wise to establish yourself as an American. ”31 Less complicated correspondents like Dorothy Thompson would have blurted out that “Americans should not travel all the time, blindly and cheerfully,” and that it is not “wise” but cowardly to shield oneself behind one’s American passport. But Mary cannot say what she means, or cannot think what she wants to think, because she cannot stand the idea that her sincere thoughts change nothing about America’s relation to a stricken field that was Europe.

It was all natural that, facing the military conflicts proliferating across the globe, Americans during the years leading up to World War II scoured the nation’s past for hints and clues. The situation, seemingly unprecedented and unintelligible, became recognizable and manageable when viewed as an iteration of familiar events in the past. So far as something was to recur in the coming war, Americans could prepare for the future by revamping old habits and maxims. The story of how prewar writers interpreted, ignored, or revised the lessons of the Great War was thus part of the broader collective ransacking of the national past for usable symbols.

The harrowing story centering on a quadruple amputee, the former is today firmly part of the canon of modern pacifist literature. Since its initial publication this novel has had a way of slipping back into print to galvanize new generations of antiwar activists each time the United States mired itself in a costly military adventure overseas. The novel’s enduring popularity as a timeless piece of pacifist literature, however, has obscured the original timeliness of the novel. ” Trumbo followed this gruesome novel with Remarkable Andrew, a frolicsome satire on the mobilization hysteria that was rearing its ugly head again by 1941, thereby vindicating the prophetic analogy that Johnny Got His Gun drew just two years before.

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