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The War That Used Up WordsAmerican Writers and the First World War$
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Hazel Hutchison

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300195026

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300195026.001.0001

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(p.27) One 1914—Civilization
The War That Used Up Words

Hazel Hutchison

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the coming of the First World War, and its threat to the social world. The First World War shocked the world but simultaneously fulfilled the expectation of an epic conflict between the great nations of the world, which would ultimately purge and strengthen the civilized and virtuous races of humankind. Henry James, Grace Fallow Norton, and Edith Wharton were among many American exiles for whom London and Paris were irresistible points of cultural attraction and production, and centers of the very “civilization” which appeared to be threatened by the political and military maneuvers of the European nation-states.

Keywords:   First World War, Henry James, Grace Fallow Norton, Edith Wharton, London, Paris, civilization

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