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Richard Aldington, Images of War (1919) and Death of a Hero (1929)

Frayn, Andrew



Ralf Schneider

Jane Potter


Richard Aldington is a distinctive and underrated writer. His Imagist poetry and his coruscating First World War novel Death of a Hero (1929) have continued to receive scholarly attention, but from the first assessments he has tended to be diminished by comparison to canonical modernists (Hughes 1931). Aldington was an important figure in the development and dissemination of literary modernism, and one of very few English high modernist authors. His writing about the war is both emotionally powerful and formally innovative. While there are substantial differences in form, tone and scale, Aldington returned in his great war novel to images and language he had previously used in poetry, particularly in describing bodies and landscapes (Gates 1979).

Acceptance Date May 10, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 20, 2021
Publication Date Sep 20, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 5, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2022
Publisher De Gruyter
Pages 183-195
Book Title Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 9783110426670
Keywords Bodies, Englishness, modernism, masculinity, satire
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