Published by The Folio Society, London, 1981. The book is in good condition with gilt titling to the spine and lithographic reproduction of World War One battle scene to the covers. There is some sunning to the spine and slipcase, however the book is bright and square throughout with an introduction by Raleigh Trevelyan.
This is the autobiography of author Robert Graves, which first appeared in 1929, when he was 34 years old. The title may also point to the passing of an old order following the cataclysm of the First World War; the supposed inadequacies of patriotism, the interest of some in atheism, feminism, socialism and pacifism, the changes to traditional married life, and not least the emergence of new styles of literary expression, are all treated in the work, bearing as they did directly on Graves' life.
The unsentimental and frequently comic treatment of the banalities and intensities of the life of a British army officer in the First World War gave Graves' fame, notoriety and financial security, but the book's subject is also his family history, childhood, schooling and, immediately following the war, early married life; all phases bearing witness to the "particular mode of living and thinking" that constitute a poetic sensibility.
This edition is based onthe revised edition of 1957 which contained a new prologue and epilogue.
Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
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