Occasionally I try to understand that puzzling and bitter man, Richard Aldington.

For the Reading 1900-1950 group at Sheffield I’ve been reading his Seven Against Reeves (1938), and my review of it is online here.

It’s quite a funny book, and less distasteful than Stepping Heavenward, but still pretty rancorous.
What made him that way? His war experiences? His lack of success as a writer? His love-life? Or a toxic mixture of all three?


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  1. Posted August 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Probably a mixture of all three, although I’m wont to incline more towards his war experiences. His ‘Death of a Hero’ is so caustic; and directs the general hostility against non-combatants, frankly and specifically to women.

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