A while back I wrote about the war poems of Armine Wodehouse, (P. G.’s brother). Now the excellent Madame Eulalie Wodehouse website has found and reprinted some light verse by Armine, a 1919 poem about the Civil Sevice (The War Office?).
Author Archives: George Simmers
After many years as a teacher, I retired and began researching for a Ph.D. on the fiction of the Great War – especially the books, stories and plays that were written during the War or immediately afterwards.
Realising that the book I’m reading at the moment (Henry Williamson’s The Sun on the Sand, of 1945) re-hashed some of the material included in The Pathway of 1931, I decided to take another look at that book, of which my memory was rather vague. I was surprised by what I found. This time I […]
For the Doctor Watsons of this world, as opposed to the Sherlock Holmeses, success in the province of detective work must always be, to a very large extent, the result of luck. Sherlock Holmes can extract a clue from a wisp of straw or a flake of cigar-ash. But Doctor Watson has got to have […]
Here is Henry Williamson describing how in 1921 he settled down with Wilfrid Ewart’s new novel: Having re-lit the fire, I settled in my armchair – surplus officer’s mess furniture – and continued reading Way of Revelation, a new and long War novel which was at the time a best-seller. It was magnificent, a real […]
In Eric Partridge’s 1931 miscellany A Martial Medley, which I mentioned the other day, there is a shortish essay by Conal O’Riordan, an Irish novelist previously unknown to me. It is called ‘One More Fortunate’, and is intended as a memoir of Wifred Owen. The essay begins with a long passage about the author’s own […]
A Martial Medley (1931) is an engaging collection of Great War fiction and non-fiction, edited by Eric Partridge. It contains a few mysteries, some of which I have solved, but what I want to know is: Who is C.W. Grundy? The collection opens with Grundy’s story ‘Lost and Found’, about WAACs in France. Partridge’s introduction […]
Another First World war poetry anthology? Surely there are plenty in the bookshops already? A new offering needs to be pretty special to justify its existence. Luckily Tim Kendall’s new Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology is very good, partly because it does not follow the usual pattern. Most such anthologies are constructed […]
Programme of commemoration announced: 2000 events. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/britain-at-war/10424151/How-Britain-will-mark-Great-War-centenary.html
It seems that the Australians have abandoned a plan to reword the inscription on the tomb of their Unknown Soldier. There had been a suggestion that Kipling’s ‘Known unto God’ should be replaced by some words from a speech by politician Paul Keating: ‘We do not know this Australian’s name, we never will’ and ‘He […]
The Retronaut website has some very striking photographs of suffragettes. Scotland Yard bought its first camera in 1912, and made this gallery of surveillance photos so that officers on the ground could identify troublemakers. The site also has this wonderful photo of a suffragette on a scooter. I’ve only just discovered the Retronaut site. I […]