Title: The Glory of the Trenches: An Interpretation
Author: Coningby Dawson
Description: Inscribed by Dawson on ffep. First American Edition. Red cloth boards stamped in white. Lettering on spine toned. Endpapers show toning, otherwise interior is clean. 141 pp. 7.5 x 5 inches. Introduction by the author's father, William James Dawson.
Written by Dawson while in a London hospital, recovering from his battlefield wounds, and afterwards in America. Through the first third of the book, he describes his experiences and conversations in the Casualty Clearing Station and at the Base Hospital in France, conveying what it was like being cared for by the nurses, being with other injured soldiers, what they thought, etc. He continues and writes about his enlistment, journey to the front, and experiences during the war.
A thoughtful presentation of the soldier's interior life; philosophically, in a personal narrative that illustrates the soldier's interior experience of heroism, patriotism, self-respect, and brotherhood. The author's intent was to illuminate aspects of the soldier's experience besides that of horror and degradation.
Coningsby Dawson (1883-1959) was an Anglo-American novelist and soldier. He served in the Canadian Field Artillery during the First World War, joined the front in 1916, and saw action at the Somme battlefields of Albert, Thiepval, Courcelette, and at the capture of the Regina Trench.
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: None
Publisher: John Lane Company
Place: New York
Keywords: World War One, WW I, WWI, Canadian soldiers, personal narrative, heroism, duty, William James Dawson, soldiers, field hospitals,
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