Robert Graves: Goodbye to All That (1160 words)


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Usually remembered as a “war book”, Goodbye to All That is an autobiography of wider scope, describing Robert Graves’s boyhood and schooldays in its first nine chapters, and his post-war life up to 1927 in its final seven chapters. However, the central portion of the book, devoted to Graves’s war experiences as a Captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, has always attracted the most attention and controversy. First published by Jonathan Cape on 18 November 1929, it was later substantially revised by Graves, appearing in a second edition in 1957 and often reprinted in paperback from 1960. As a factual record, it is often unreliable, but it has won a reputation as the liveliest British memoir of the First World War, …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Goodbye to All That". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 September 2013 [, accessed 22 January 2021.]

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