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By Keith Gandal

Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner stand because the American voice of the good warfare. yet was once it battle that drove them to write down? now not in accordance with Keith Gandal, who argues that the authors' well-known postwar novels have been influenced no longer via their reports of the horrors of battle yet fairly via their failure to have these reports. those 'quintessential' male American novelists of the Twenties have been all, for various purposes, deemed mistaken as applicants for complete army carrier or command. consequently, Gandal contends, they felt themselves emasculated--not, because the traditional tale is going, because of their encounters with trench war, yet simply because they bought nowhere close to the genuine motion. Bringing to mild formerly unexamined military files, together with new information regarding the intelligence exams, The Gun and the Pen demonstrates that the authors' pissed off army objectives happened within the forgotten context of the unparalleled U.S. mobilization for the nice battle, a thorough attempt to remodel the military right into a meritocratic establishment, detached to ethnic and sophistication distinction (though to not racial difference). For those misplaced new release writers, the humiliating failure vis-à-vis the military intended a humiliation ahead of ladies and an lack of ability to compete effectively in a emerging social order, opposed to a brand new set of individuals. The Gun and the Pen restores those seminal novels to their right old context and provides a huge revision of our knowing of America's postwar literature.

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