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War No More: The Antiwar Impulse in American Literature, 1861-1914 Hardcover – May 24, 2010
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War No More is an astute and eminently readable study that sheds much-needed light on the American antiwar literature produced in the five decades between the Civil War and the Great War." ---- Karsten H. Piep, American Literature
"Wachtell does a masterful job of uncovering many . . . neglected [anti-war] works, putting them in historical context, and establishing that there was, in fact, an American anti-war tradition. This is an excellent, eye-opening book." ---- Marshall Poe, University of Iowa,host of "New Books in History"
War No More upends the standard chronology of American antiwar literature, showing that American writers routinely questioned the morality and sanity of warfare decades earlier than most scholars have imagined." ---- Craig A. Warren, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"War No More is a fascinating and solid examination of the role Civil War-era literature played and the moral conflicts felt by the writers of that day." ----Michael Deeb, Civil War News
War No More is well organized, easy to follow and informative, drawing upon a wealth of primary and secondary sources. All in all, it makes for a very good read. ----Claire Parfait, Professor of American Studies at Paris 13 University, Cercles
Until now, scholars have portrayed America's antiwar literature as an outgrowth of World War I, manifested in the works of writers such as Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. But in War No More, Cynthia Wachtell corrects the record by tracing the steady and inexorable rise of antiwar writing in American literature from the Civil War to the eve of World War I. The authors examined include Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, John William De Forest, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, William James, Theodore Roosevelt, and others. Wachtell makes strikingly clear that pacifism had never been more popular than in the years preceding World War I. War No More concludes by charting the development of antiwar literature from World War I to the present, thus offering the first comprehensive overview of one hundred and fifty years of American antiwar writing.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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