Undertones of War

Edmund Blunden's Great War classic


Edmund Blunden


R Cobden-Sanderson, London, 1929
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Printing Details

First edition fifth impression, hardback. Bound in the original black cloth with gilt titling to spine. 22.5 × 14.5cm, 317pp.

In what is one of the finest autobiographies to come out of the First World War, the distinguished poet Edmund Blunden records his experiences as an infantry subaltern in France and Flanders. Blunden took part in the disastrous battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, describing the latter as 'murder, not only to the troops, but to their singing faiths and hopes'. In his compassionate yet unsentimental prose, he tells of the heroism and despair found among the officers. Blunden's poems show how he found hope in the natural landscape; the only thing that survives the terrible betrayal enacted in the Flanders fields.


A good reading copy. There is fading to the spine and a little marking to the boards. The contents in good condition with a little tanning.



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