Richard Aldington's 'Death of a Hero': A proto-fascist novel

Ayers, David S (1998) Richard Aldington's 'Death of a Hero': A proto-fascist novel. English, 47 (188). pp. 89-98. ISSN 0013-8215. (doi:10.1093/english/47.188.89) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Additional information: There are some notes at the end of the article: 1 Death of a Hero (1929. Unexpurgated edition 1965. London: Sphere Books, 1968), p.7. Subsequent references are to this edition. 2 See ‘Ulysses, Order and Myth’, first published in The Dial for November, 1923, and reprinted in Frank Kermode (ed.), Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot (London: Faber and Faber, 1975), pp. 175-8.. 3 A Fool i’ the Forest. A Phantasmagoria (London: Allen & Unwin, 1924). Eliot had earlier criticised Aldington’s vers libres. See ‘The Borderline of Prose’ and ‘Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry’. 4 Reprinted in part in Satire and Fiction: Preceded by the History of a Rejected Review by Roy Campbell (London: Arthur Press, 1930) . 5 See Charles Doyle, Richard Aldington: A Biography (London: Macmillan, 1989), pp. 132 and 64. 6 See also p. 135, on woman as Aphrodite the Devourer of men. . 7 See the discussion in Arthur Marwick, The Deluge: British Society and The First World War (1965. London and Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1978), pp. 105-113. 8 Parade’s End, edited and with an introduction by Robie Macauley (London: Penguin, 1982), p. 266. 9 See e.g. Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1975), pp. 82-90. Compare Part Three of A Man Could Stand Up: Parade’s End, pp. 645-74. 10 See Doyle, p. 69. 11 This is mentioned also in Parade’s End, where Tietjen’s explanation is the correct one, which emerged eventually in the years after the war: that the Germans were recycling the cadavers of horse and cattle for their fat, and the English propagandists had simply mistranslated the word. It is perhaps a sign of the times that this story was considered absurdly improbable and unmasked as a fraud once the wartime hysteria had died down. See Marwick, p. 213. 12 See the discussion in Billie Melman, Women and the Popular Imagination in the Twenties: Flappers and Nymphs (London: Macmillan Press, 1988), pp. 80-104. 13 An ideal which corresponds to Aldington’s own views in the immediate postwar period. See Doyle, p. 54. 14 The relationship between H.D. and Aldington is documented in Richard Aldington and H.D.: The Early Years in Letters. Edited with an introduction and commentary by Caroline Zilboorg (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1992) . 15 Journalistic cliche´s, the latter recalling Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’, which Wyndham Lewis criticised in Doom of Youth (London: Chatto and Windus, 1932), a polemical attack on the ability of the press to manipulate popular ideas.
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