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unknown unknown :  Fragments from an Officer's Diary in Southern Poland

'Thanks very much for the book and the "Spectator" page.[...] These are all delightful pieces. You must autograph the book for me.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Conrad      Print: Serial / periodical

  

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'I was reading in the headquarters shelter when the great man [the Brigadier-General] suddenly drew aside the sacking of the entrance, and gleamed stupendously in our candlelight, followed by an almost equally menacing Staff Captain.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Edmund Blunden      Print: Book

  

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'I will stay in this farmhouse while the gas course lasts [...] and get the old peasant in the evenings to recite more "[Fables of] La Fontaine" to me, in the B├ęthune dialect, and walk out to see the neighbouring inns and shrines, and read -- Bless me, Kapp [a fellow officer and satirical artist, recently sent away to the Press Bureau] has gone away with my "John Clare"! He has the book yet for all I know [...].

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Edmund Blunden      Print: Book

  

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'Our billet was a chemist's house, well furnished with ledgers and letters strewn about from bureaux, chiefly the scrawl of poor people in Thiepval and other places of the past who bemoaned the bad crops, and their consequent inability to pay up.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Edmund Blunden      Manuscript: Letter

 

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