London: The Folio Society. 1981. . Hardcover. Octavo, original pictorial cloth. 295 pp. Frontispiece plus 13 pages of plates reproducing 26 contemporary photographs, printed lithographically with the text and included in the pagination. Originally published by the Folio Society in 1981, this is the Fifth Impression, dated 1997 on the copyright page. A fine copy in slipcase. Fine in slipcase. Item #311680
¶ Originally published in 1929, the text of this edition follows that of the revised edition of 1957. An autobiography. "It was my bitter leave-taking of England, where I had recently broken a good many conventions". The title may also point to the passing of an old order following the cataclysm of the First World War; the supposed inadequacies of patriotism, the interest of some in atheism, feminism, socialism and pacifism, the changes to traditional married life, and not least the emergence of new styles of literary expression, all of which are treated in the work. The unsentimental and frequently comic treatment of the banalities and intensities of the life of a British army officer in the First World War gave Graves fame, notoriety and financial security, but the book's subject is also his family history, childhood, schooling and, immediately following the war, early married life; all phases bearing witness to the "particular mode of living and thinking" that constitute a poetic sensibility.
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