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Undertones of War

Written by Edmund Blunden, Sir Hew Strachan

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Undertones of War Synopsis

In what is one of the finest autobiographies to come out of the First World War, the distinguished poet Edmund Blunden records his experiences as an infantry subaltern in France and Flanders. Blunden took part in the disastrous battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, describing the latter as 'murder, not only to the troops, but to their singing faiths and hopes'. In his compassionate yet unsentimental prose, he tells of the heroism and despair found among the officers. Blunden's poems show how he found hope in the natural landscape; the only thing that survives the terrible betrayal enacted in the Flanders fields.

Undertones of War Press Reviews

An established classic ... accurate and detailed in observation of the war scene and its human figures -- D. J. Enright

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141184364
Publication date: 2nd November 2000
Author: Edmund Blunden, Sir Hew Strachan
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages

About Edmund Blunden, Sir Hew Strachan

The poet and critic Edmund Blunden was born in Yalding, Kent in 1896. He studied at Oxford, was professor of English literature at Tokyo from 1924-7 and fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1931. He joined the staff of 'The Times Literary Supplement' in 1943, and from 1953 lectured at the University of Hong Kong. From1966-8 he was professor of poetry at Oxford.

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