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Comment on The Novels of Philip Gibbs – a checklist by George Simmers

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:39:32 +0000

You ask about sales. Figured are hard to come by. He wasn't in Penguin, but his publishers (Hutchinson) kept reprinting him. There were two separate uniform editions.

Comment on Gaudier-Brzeska by Tim Whitcombe

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:23:34 +0000

Of all the artistic excellence cut short by the war his face always comes to my mind first. His legacy is now forever preserved in an attenuated form because of wars tragedy. What would he have lived on to become and create? I never got to the recent New Rhythms exhibition at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge though just last week I received the exhibition catalogue in the post. I did however accidentally come across the smaller touring view at Harewood House in which I spent a very happy couple of hours. Specially interesting were his letters and photo's.

Comment on Gaudier-Brzeska by Tom Deveson

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:27:56 +0000

Thank you, George, as ever. I've been in favour of Gaudier ever since reading this in the Cantos, sitting in the school library back in 1965 when I was meant to be writing an A-level essay on Louis XIV: '...And Henri Gaudier went to it, and they killed him, And killed a good deal of sculpture, And ole T.E.H. he went to it, With a lot of books from the library, London Library, and a shell buried ‘em in a dug-out, And the Library expressed its annoyance....'

Comment on Gaudier-Brzeska by SALLY WOODCOCK

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:09:21 +0000

Another thought-provoking and sobering piece from this excellent publication. Thank you

Comment on P.G. Wodehouse and Shell-Shock Amnesia by The Indiscretions of Archie | The Denver of the Secret Nine

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:09:44 +0000

[…] perceive as Wodehouse’s attempt to show respect for those who served in the Great War. I disagree with one blogger who thought Wodehouse was “heartless” in his portrayal of Archie and especially the “sausage […]

Comment on Philip Gibbs and the war-book boom by George Simmers

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:07:37 +0000

I agree with Simon Jones that it was 'All Quiet' which established the stereotype of war books as lavatorial. Remarque shows the latrines as a place for conversation; I doubt that anything like this had appeared in a novel printed in England. When I was a teenager in the sixties I saw the film of 'All Quiet' and mentioned this to my mother. 'That's the book where people talk to each other while sitting on the lavatory,' she said. She was a broad-minded woman, but clearly thought this rather beyond the pale.

Comment on Philip Gibbs and the war-book boom by Tom Deveson

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:58:08 +0000

Might he have been thinking of Her Privates We [1930]; or even [if he'd seen it] of The Middle Parts of Fortune [1929]?

Comment on Philip Gibbs and the war-book boom by Brian Busby

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:42:21 +0000

I can't help but think that one of the novels Gibbs' hero looks down upon is Charles Yale Harrison's Generals Die in Bed, which begins with soldiers returning to their bunks after an evening in the brothels of Montreal. Of course, "sex stuff" appears in other novels of the war-book boom, but his reference to latrines as inspiration brought it home. Harrison describes rumours - often contradictory - as "latrine rumours." At various points, characters are described as visiting the latrine, this being the most memorable passage: Brownie straightened up for a moment when he was going to the latrine yesterday and a sniper knocked his helmet off. He came into the dugout and related his experience to us: "God, a man can't even pump ship without being shot at. Some war!"

Comment on A yawning poet by john smart

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:06:07 +0000

Many thanks for the ideas about the yawning poet. The information comes from a cutting in a scrapbook that J C Squire's sister Dolly put together. When I get back home tomorrow I will see if I can give any more detail. All good wishes and thanks. John Smart

Comment on Philip Gibbs and the war-book boom by Simon Jones

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:51:10 +0000

Thank you, interesting to read of this novel by Gibbs. I'd suggest it was specifically All Quiet on the Western Front that Gibbs was referring to with it's frankness about sex and bodily functions and also the fact that much of it was set behind the lines.