World War II in Literature Additional Summary


(Society and Self, Critical Representations in Literature)

Suggested Readings

Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1951, 1975. Thorough analysis of Anti-Semitism, imperialism, and the development of the totalitarian state.

Berenbaum, Michael. The World Must Know. Boston: Little, Brown, 1993. Illustrated history of the Holocaust.

Brinkley, David. Washington Goes to War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Story of how Washington, D. C. transformed itself from something of a provincial capital to the political center of the Western world.

Crane, Aimée, ed. Art in the Armed Forces. New York: The Hyperion Press, 1944. Reproductions of paintings, drawings, and sketches of artists serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Giles, James. James Jones. Boston: Twayne, 1981. Critical study of Jones’s writings, with one chapter devoted to each novel.

Keegan, John. The Battle for History: Re-Fighting World II. New York: Random House, 1995. Short survey of the histories, biographies, and personal accounts of World War II.

Leggett, John. Ross and Tom. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974. The second half is a biography of Thomas Heggen, who served in the U.S. Navy during the war and drowned when he was thirty. The author argues that Heggen’s death was a suicide.

Marwick, Arthur. “The Origins of the Second World War” in The Nature of History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. Discussion of the leading theories of the causes of the war.

Shnayerson, Michael. Irwin Shaw. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989. The first part of chapter 10 of this biography is devoted to The Young Lions and to what portions are based on Shaw’s personal experiences.

Williams, Oscar, ed. The War Poets. New York: John Day, 1945. An anthology of war poetry of the twentieth century, emphasizing the works of poets with firsthand experience.