A Passionate Prodigality

Fragments of Autobiography

Guy Chapman

When A Passionate Prodigality was first published in 1933 it was hailed as one of the finest English works to have come out of the First World War.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526750112
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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When A Passionate Prodigality was first published in 1933 it was hailed as one of the finest English works to have come out of the First World War. Today this memoir reads with a graphic immediacy, not merely in the descriptions of the filth and shock and carnage that characterized the struggle, but in its evocation of men at war – ‘certain soldiers who have now become a small quantity of Christian dust’.

Stylish, honest and eloquent,
A Passionate Prodigality is less a book than a living voice, demonstrating an important if little remembered truth: ‘The poetry is not in the pity. To hell with your generalized pity. What the survivor remembers is not the fears he knew, the pains, but the faces and a few words of the men who were with him at the front.’

About The Author
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Guy Chapman, OBE, MC, served with the 13th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers in France, Belgium and Germany from 1914 to 1920. Born in 1889, he died in 1972, having been a barrister, soldier, publisher, teacher, student of economics, professor of modern history and writer. His other books include studies of William Beckford, the French Third Republic, the collapse of France in 1940. He also compiled Vain Glory (an anthology of writing about the First World War) and published his autobiography A Kind of Survivor which was edited by his wife, the novelist Storm Jameson.

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