Book — 151 pages,  leaves,  pages,  leaf : facsimile, illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
William H. Herndon's first letter to his wife Anna
Ten yarns as the story of Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War
My angel mother
Live as I have taught you
More than common
Rob Africa of her children
Good thing they did
More painful than pleasant
He desires to ride into office
Here the old lady stopped
Abe know'd my voice
William H. Herndon's second letter to his wife Anna
Their humble but worthy home
Which mother? --Photographs
William H. Herndon's notes-September 8,
On Sept. 8, 1865, Abraham Lincoln's longtime friend and law partner, William H. Herndon, visited the martyred President's aged stepmother, Mrs. Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln. Herndon's notes are integrated into a fictional recreation of their afternoon together. The selected events in the life of Abraham Lincoln are real. The accounts are preferably first person. License was taken to convert these moments in the life of Lincoln into ten stories told from a rocking chair.
Pbk. ed. - Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2006.
Book — xxi, 189 p. ; 22 cm.
First published in London in 1927, "The Somme" and its companion, "The Coward", constitute the only published literary achievements of A. D. Gristwood, a reluctant accountant turned even more reluctant infantryman in the London Rifle Brigade who later fell under the tutelage of H. G. Wells. Heavily autobiographical and much influenced by Wells's guidance, Gristwood's tales of World War I combat are rife with acts of unheroic self-preservation and colored with the fear, bitterness, and hopelessness that defined the author's wartime experience. "The Somme" centers on a futile attack in 1916 during the Somme campaign on the Western Front. The uncourageous behavior of wounded protagonist Tom Everitt both in and out of combat reflects Gristwood's assessment of the weak mettle of British forces at this stage of the war. In "The Coward", a soldier commits an act of self-mutilation to escape combat duty, an offense punishable by death, and is haunted first by fear of discovery and later by self-loathing. This first reissue of "The Somme, Including Also The Coward" marks the only edition available outside of the United Kingdom and includes a new introduction by Hugh Cecil detailing the author's biography and putting his work into a broader historical and literary context. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781570036484 20160528
Eng. pbk. ed. - Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2006.
Book — xxiv, 311 p. ; 22 cm.
An autobiographical novel of World War I experiences in the German ranks, "Zero Hour" equates duty with camaraderie and finds a balance between bitterness and hawkishness. The war is experienced here through the keen eyes of Hans Volkenborn, a well-bred officer-candidate whose youthful enthusiasm turns to angst and disillusion. The sole comfort of his experience is fellowship with his comrades, but even that abates over time. Grabenhorst recalls specifics of battlefield actions on the Western Front with a visceral language that resonates still today. Of particular historical importance are accounts of combat in the Ypres campaign in 1917, and the futile clashes in the woods of Aveluy in northern France the following summer as German hopes for victory faded. But the novel's greatest success is a vivid description of shell shock, the result of being briefly buried alive by a mortar round. The condition ultimately engulfs Volkenborn's ailing psyche and leaves him tormented, isolated, and blinded at the war's end. "Zero Hour" was first published as Fahnenjunker Volkenborn in Germany in 1928 and was translated into English under the current title in the following year. This reissued edition features a new introduction by Robert Cowley and a new afterword by Casey Clabough to place the novel in its proper literary and historical contexts. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781570036620 20160528