Goodbye to all That
May 23, 2012 6:24 PM Subscribe
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Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory
and winner of the first National Critics Award for Criticism, but who is probably best known for writing Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
, is dead
A boy of privileged upbringing, a veteran of the second world war and finally a professor of literature, Fussell made a career out of scholarship on literature and the world wars but most frequently appeared in popular conversation for his writing about social class in America.
If you've never read or heard Fussell, you might want to take spend a few minutes on the Atlantic's 2009 consideration of his social criticism in light of the new recession
, or jump straight to the man himself with the light-hearted bonus features at the end of Class
: Learning to Draw Class Inferences
and his pithy Class Q&A
Or, if you're already familiar, you can listen to his recent talk The Culture of War
and remember that his own time in combat (and his subsequent life in America) left him resolutely anti-war and deeply cynical about the mythologizing thereof. Indeed, his autobiographical account of the European Theater, Doing Battle
, is in its full title "Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic
He was 88.
Paull Fussell previously and previously.