2012年6月1日 星期五

Paul Fussell, Flowers for Mrs. Harris SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Paul Fussell, Literary Scholar and Critic, Dies at 88
The author may be best remembered for “The Great War and Modern Memory,” his study of World War I and the influence of its horrors on art and literature. 

很有意思   Paul Fussell 是西方有名氣的學者 可在Wikipedia 精彩的介紹 只有英/德/西班牙/葡萄牙文版本

Paul Fussell (March 22, 1924 - May 23, 2012) was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor.[1] His writings cover a variety of topics, from scholarly works on eighteenth-century English literature to commentary on America’s class system.[1] He is best known for his writings about World War I and II.[1]



Born and raised in Pasadena, California, USA, Fussell was the second of three children. His father, Paul Fussell (1895–1973), son of a widowed schoolteacher, became a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles with the firm of O’Melveny & Myers. His mother, Wilhma Wilson Sill (1893–1971), was the daughter of a carriage trimmer in Illinois.[2] [3] His brother, Edwin Sill Fussell, was an author, poet, and professor of American Studies at the University of California, San Diego; his sister Florence Fussell Lind lives in Berkeley, California.
His daughter, Rosalind, is an artist-teacher in Arizona and the author of a graphic novel, Mammoir: A Pictorial Odyssey of the Adventures of a Fourth Grade Teacher with Breast Cancer.[4] His son, Samuel Wilson Fussell, a writer and hunter in Montana, is the author of Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder.[5]
Fussell attended Pomona College from 1941 until he enlisted in the US Army in 1943. He landed in France in 1944 as a 20 year-old second lieutenant with the 45th Infantry Division[6], was wounded while fighting in Alsace, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, returned to Pomona to finish his B.A. degree in 1946-7, married in 1949 a fellow Pomona graduate, Betty Harper, and completed his MA (1949) and Ph.D. (1952) at Harvard University.[7]
He began his teaching career at Connecticut College (1951–55) before moving to Rutgers University in 1955 and finally the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He also taught at the University of Heidelberg (1957–58) and King’s College London (1990–92). As a teacher, he travelled widely with his family throughout Europe during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, taking Fulbright and sabbatical years in Germany, England and France.[8]
Betty Fussell, has described their marriage and its breakup in 1981 in her memoir, My Kitchen Wars.[9] After Fussell moved from his home in Princeton, New Jersey, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he divorced his first wife and married Harriette Behringer. He retired from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and lived with his wife in Oregon.[8]

Writing and Teaching Career

When he first entered college, Fussell intended a career in journalism. His plans changed when his sergeant was killed beside him in combat, as he writes in his memoir Doing Battle (1996).[3] In his writings, he opposed war promoting instead a vision of rational enlightenment. He pointed to what he saw as the hypocrisy of governmental speech and the corruption of popular culture.[3]
His published thesis, Theory of Prosody in Eighteenth-Century England, was developed into Poetic Meter and Form (1954), a popular textbook for understanding poetry.[10] Samuel Johnson and The Life of Writing (1971)[11] offered an analysis of the work of the English lexicographer, Samuel Johnson. The Anti-Egotist, Kingsley Amis: Man of Letters was a study of the life and work of friend and colleague, Kingsley Amis.[12]
The award-winning The Great War and Modern Memory (1975)[13] was a cultural and literary analysis of the impact of the Great War on the development of modern literature and modern literary conventions.[1] John Keegan said its effect was "revolutionary", in that it showed how literature could be a vehicle for expressing the experience of large groups.[1] "What Paul did was go to the literary treatments of the war by 20 or 30 participants and turn them into an encapsulation of a collective European experience."[1]
Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars (1980) was a pioneering academic examination of travel literature which examined the travel books of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, D. H. Lawrence and Robert Byron.[1]
He stated he relished the inevitable controversy of Class: A Guide Through the American Status System (1983)[14] and indulged his increasing public status as a loved or hated "curmudgeon"[1] in the rant called BAD: or, The Dumbing of America (1991). In between, Thank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays (1988)[15] confirmed his war against government and military doublespeak and prepared the way for Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War (1989).[16] The epiphany of his earlier essay, "My War", found full expression in his memoir Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic (1996), "My Adolescent illusions, largely intact to that moment, fell away all at once, and I suddenly knew I was not and never would be in a world that was reasonable or just".[17] His most recent book, The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-45 (2003)[18] is again concerned with the experience of combat in World War Two.


Fussell died on May 23, 2012 in his home of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Awards and Honors

Fussell's 1975 literary study The Great War and Modern Memory won the National Book Award in category Arts and Letters.[19] the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa.[7] It was ranked number 75 in the Modern Library's Board's List of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century.[20]
He was elected in 1977 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature [21]
Fussell was one of several veterans interviewed in the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary The War in 2007, and in the 1999 ABC-produced documentary The Century: America's Time.


  • Theory of Prosody in Eighteenth-Century England. 1954.
  • Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. 1965.
  • The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism: Ethics and Imagery from Swift to Burke. 1965.
  • Theory of Prosody in Eighteenth-Century England. 1966.
  • Eighteenth-Century English Literature. 1969. editor with Geoffrey Tillotson and Marshall Waingrow
  • Samuel Johnson and The Life of Writing. 1971.
  • English Augustan Poetry. 1972.
  • The Great War and Modern Memory. Oxford University Press. 1975. pp. 384. ISBN 0-19-513332-3.
  • The Ordeal of Alfred M. Hale: The Memoirs of a Soldier Servant. 1975. editor
  • Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars. 1980.
  • The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observations. 1982.
  • Sassoon's Long Journey. 1983. editor, from The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston
  • Class: A Guide Through the American Status System. Touchstone. 1992 [1983]. ISBN 978-0-671-79225-1.
  • Caste Marks: Style and Status in the USA. 1984. - this is the UK edition of Class
  • The Norton Book of Travel. 1987. editor
  • Thank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays. 1988.
  • Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War. Oxford University Press. 1989. pp. 352. ISBN 978-0-19-506577-0.
  • BAD -- Or, The Dumbing of America. 1991.
  • The Bloody Game: An Anthology of Modern War. 1991.
  • The Norton Book of Modern War. 1991. editor
  • The Anti-Egotist. Kingsley Amis: Man of Letters. 1994.
  • Doing Battle - The Making of a Skeptic. 1996. autobiography
  • Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear. 2002.
  • The Boys’ Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945. 2003.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hello to all that", Susanna Rustin, The Guardian, 31 July 2004
  2. ^ search Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2009-10-04. {for subscribers only?}
  3. ^ a b c Fussell, P., (1996). Doing Battle : The Making of a Skeptic. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., p.13
  4. ^ Fussell, R. (2005). Mammoir: A pictorial odyssey of the adventures of a fourth grade teacher with breast cancer AuthorHouse.
  5. ^ Fussell, S. W. (1991). Muscle : Confessions of an unlikely bodybuilder. New York: New York : Poseidon Press.
  6. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1988). Thank god for the atom bomb and other essays. New York: New York : Summit Books.
  7. ^ a b Fussell P: Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic, Little Brown & Co., New York, NY, 1996.
  8. ^ a b Rustin, S. (2004, Saturday 31 July 2004). "Hello to all that". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Fussell, B. H. (1999). My kitchen wars. New York: New York : North Point Press.
  10. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1965). Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. New York: New York, Random House.
  11. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1971). Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing. New York: New York, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.
  12. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1994). The Anti-Egotist : Kingsley Amis, Man of Letters, Oxford University Press.
  13. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (2000). The Great War and Modern Memory, Oxford University Press.
  14. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1983). Class : A guide through the american status system. New York: New York : Summit Books.
  15. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1988). Thank god for the atom bomb and other essays. New York: New York : Summit Books.
  16. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1989). Wartime : Understanding and behavior in the second world war. New York: New York : Oxford University Press.
  17. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (1996). Doing battle : The making of a skeptic. Boston: Boston : Little, Brown and Co.
  18. ^ Fussell, P., 1924-. (2003). The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945. New York: New York : Modern Library.
  19. ^ "National Book Awards – 1976". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
    "Arts and Letters" was an award category from 1964 to 1976.
  20. ^ http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-nonfiction/
  21. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Retrieved 8 August 2010.

External links

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英國 「乾」幽默小說:「到葉門釣鮭魚」http://www.books.com.tw/exep/prod/booksfile.php?item=0010391975
By Paul Torday
333 pages. Harcourt. $24.
When the fisheries scientist Alfred Jones is first asked to investigate the possibility of introducing salmon, and the sport of salmon fishing, to Yemen, he dismisses the matter out of hand. The problems, he notes, are fairly fundamental. "First, water," he says. "Salmon are fish. Fish need water." But the persuasive power of politics, money and the beautiful Harriet Chetwode-Talbot are brought to bear upon him, and soon Dr. Jones is lending his services to Sheik Muhammad ibn Zaidi bani Tihama, a Yemeni billionaire and dedicated angler, in his attempt to stock the Wadi Aleyn with fish. The book is told through e-mail messages, diary entries and transcripts from an investigation begun after the unexpected denouement of the plan; its heart is Jones's journey from skepticism to belief. 

好個二億「夢想家」醜聞藏鏡人?Flowers for Mrs. Harris

Flowers for Mrs. Harris (1958) - The Literature of Paul Gallico

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Mrs Harris is a London charlady. One day, she sees a Dior dress belonging to one of her clients, and falls desperately in love with it. Then a miracle occurs, and ...

UK First Edition
1958 - Michael Joseph
US First Edition
1958 - Doubleday
Mrs Harris is a London charlady. One day, she sees a Dior dress belonging to one of her clients, and falls desperately in love with it. Then a miracle occurs, and she wins a hundred pounds on the football pools. So she 'scrimps and syves' until she has enough to buy a Dior dress of her own, and off she goes to Paris to buy it...One of my favourites, this is just wonderful. The adventures she has in Paris are so moving, the people that she meets are all drawn with such affection that I find myself re-reading this book over and over again.
Flowers for Mrs. Harris
Mrs. Harris goes to New York
Mrs. Harris, M.P.
Mrs. Harris goes to Moscow

Other information
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris was #9 in the US bestselling list of 1959. This link will give you as much information about this book as you will ever need!
The book was made into a TV film in 1992, as Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris. It starred Angela Lansbury, Omar Sharif and Diana Rigg. It's pleasant enough, but not a wonderful movie.
This is still in print (as Mrs 'Arris goes to Paris - a rotten title, presumably just chosen because it rhymes) in the USA. It is, regretfully, no longer in print in the UK.