Paul Fussell
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"Literary:"National Book Award; National Book Critics Circle Award; Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.

/influences = H.L. Mencken

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/spouse = Betty Fussell(1949–1981; divorced),Harriette Behringer(?-2012; his death)

/children = Rosalind Fussell,Samuel Wilson Fussell

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/battles = World War I, World War II

/awards = Purple Heart; Bronze Star


"Paul Fussell" (22 March 1924 – 23 May 2012) was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor. His writings cover a variety of topics, from scholarly works on eighteenth-century English literature to commentary on America's class system. Fussell served in the 103rd Infantry Division (United States)/103rd Infantry Division during World War II and was wounded in fighting in France. Returning to the US, Fussell wrote extensively and held several faculty positions, most prominently at the University of Pennsylvania. He is best known for his writings about World War I and II, which explore what he felt was the gap between the romantic myth and reality of war; he made a "career out of refusing to disguise it or elevate it".

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We were going to live. We were going to grow up to adulthood after all.

If I didn't have writing, I'd be running down the street hurling grenades in people's faces.

Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.

If you are an author and give one of your books to a member of the upper class, you must never expect him to read it.

The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower your class.

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.