Mar/Apr 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 2 Book ReviewsMarch 1, 2016 |

Paths of Glory

Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew. By Max Egremont. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. 337 pages. $28.00, hardcover. Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C. K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator. By Jean Findlay. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. 351 pages. $28.00, hardcover. The English poets of the Great War had a terribly high casualty rate, and most were gassed, wounded, shell-shocked, or nearly killed before their deaths. Rupert Brooke died of a fever in Greece, Julian Grenfell was hit by a shell, Charles Sorley and Isaac Rosenberg were killed by snipers, Edward Thomas was blasted by an exploding shell, Wilfred Owen was machine-gunned when trying to cross a canal a week before the Armistice. Of the eleven poets discussed by Max Egremont in Some Desperate Glory, only Robert Nichols, Edmund Blunden, Robert Graves (severely wounded and reported dead), Siegfried Sassoon (almost shot for mutinously opposing the war), and Ivor Gurne

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Jeffrey Meyers, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has had thirty-three books translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets and published on six continents. He has recently published Robert Lowell in Love and The Mystery of the Real: Correspondence with Alex Colville in 2016, and Resurrections: Authors, Heroes—and a Spy in 2018.

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