Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Robert Graves' superb autobiography tells the story of his life at public school and as a young officer during the First World War.'It is a permanently valuable work of literary art, and indispensable for the historian either of the First World War or of modern English poetry ... Apart, however, from its expetional value as a war document, this book has also the interest of being one of the most candid self-portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted. Thesketches of friends lof Mr Graves, like T.E. Lawrence, are beautifully vivid' Times Literary Supplement

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Born in 1895, Robert Graves went straight from school to the First World War, where he became a captain. A poet at heart, he also wrote several historical novels which include I, Claudius and Claudius the God - GOODBYE TO ALL THAT was written in 1929 and rapidly established itself as a modern classic. He translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and complied The Greek Myths. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961. He died at his home in Majorca in 1929.

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In this antiwar classic, the renowned poet, novelist (I, CLAUDIUS), and translator recalls his nightmarish experiences in WWI trenches, which caused him to forsake his native England and to say "goodbye to all that." Worse than the violence and death surrounding him were the sheer stupidity and opportunism of the men who engendered and superintended the hostilities that devastated an entire generation. No jeremiad this, but a powerful first-person account, laced with humor and humanity, of the hell that was the "War to End All Wars." Honey-tongued narrator Martin Jarvis strives against excess in his sensitive recital but can't help getting caught up in the horrors. Still, his admirable restraint and intelligent reading emphasize the dignity embedded in the well-crafted text. Y.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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