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The Generation of 1914

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ISBN 9780674344662

Publication Date: 01/01/1979


324 pages

6 x 9 inches

46 halftones


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A superb work of cultural history, a study of lives lived and sensibilities formed in the shadow of war and upheaval.—Fritz Stern, Foreign Affairs

Although so different in subject and approach, the originality and absorbing freshness with which this study is written creates something of the excitement which one felt when one discovered Edmund Wilson’s To the Finland Station or J. L. Lowes’s The Road to Xanadu. It tells how, ’round about 1880, all over Europe and in Britain, the word ‘generation’ ceased to mean what it had done for centuries…and came to mean ‘youth’ and its special values, energies, repudiations and abilities. According to the myth…this ‘generation’ had no sooner…shown itself full of a promise…than it got ‘lost’ in the Flanders mudbath prepared for it by wily old men (and women). Mr. Wohl gives a tart synopsis of this romantic simplification, and provides us with an altogether nobler, often absurd and dangerous, and finally more enthralling scene.The Listener

This is a work of broad and impeccable scholarship… Succinct, lucid, and superbly written, it is the best history to deal with the problem of generation… [Wohl’s] talent for incisive portraiture is remarkable.—Robert Rosenstone, The New Republic

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