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The Great War and the American Novel

Versions of Reality and the Writer's Craft in Selected Fiction of the First World War

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William Matsen

This carefully and thoroughly researched book explores the influence of World War I on American Literature and its effects on the American tradition of literary realism. It analyzes war novels written by four American authors who participated in the conflict and details the relationship between their experiences and their fiction. This book also explores a development in war literature from novels based upon events witnessed by the authors to more finely crafted works of fiction. In doing so, The Great war and the American Novel sheds light on a major development in American literature.