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Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:32 pm
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andimlovegalore says...



For my A2 English Lit course, we're doing some work on World War 1 and it involves a lot of outside reading. My teacher is a bit useless (he's kind of weird, a great teacher, but badly organised) and he'll never get round to telling us any reading lists.

Anyone know any really good WWI literature I could read? It would help me a lot =]
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Clo says...



Non-fiction or fiction?

If fiction, I really am in love with All Quiet on the Western Front. It was just beautiful, poetic, and tragic. I loved it anyway. I forget who writes it, but it's classic literature. I definitely suggest this read!
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:33 am
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DwahnePipe says...



If your taking about poetry then a few poets are:
Wilfred Owen
Siegfried Sassoon
Richard Aldington
Edward Thomas
Isaac Rosenberg
Edmund Blunden
These poets are covered in the book 'Six Poets of The Great War', you may have studied it before.




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naturalog says...



If you're looking for non-fiction, I strongly recommend "Hey Yellowbacks!": The war diary of a conscientous objector by Ernest Meyer. He was a CO in one of the camps, and his experiences were really interesting. I read the book for a history course a while ago.

For fiction... yeah, All Quiet on the Western Front is good. Hemingway actually fought in the war...




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A farewell to arms
The sun also rises

Both are my hemmingway who did not actually serve in the military but was an ambulance driver in the italian army outside of france




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Meshugenah says...



What are you looking for, exactly? I'm semi-versed on British poets specifically from the Great War; I'll second Owen and Sassoon for sure, too, and throw in Lyon's "I tracked a dead man down a trench". If you want reactions to the war, a really interesting one would be Mrs. Dalloway, but it takes a bit of time to read and decipher.
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Emerson says...



All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. I've never read it, but there is a wonderul movie based on the book. :lol:
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The Enormous Room, by EE Cummings.
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