First American Edition of Robert Graves' Good-Bye to All That
Good-Bye To All That.
Item Number: 2654
New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1930.
First American edition of Graves’ classic autobiography Octavo, original red cloth. Advanced copy in the dust jacket without the price and the Paris Gun listed on the back flap, “To be published in February Probable Price, $3.50”. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light wear to the crown and foot of the spine.
Good-Bye to All That bids farewell not only to England and his English family and friends, but also to a way of life. Tracing his upbringing from his solidly middle-class Victorian childhood through his entry into the war at age twenty-one as a patriotic captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, this dramatic, poignant, often wry autobiography goes on to depict the horrors and disillusionment of the Great War, from life in the trenches and the loss of dear friends, to the stupidity of government bureaucracy and the absurdity of English class stratification. Paul Fussell has hailed it as "the best memoir of the First World War."