Monday, December 25, 2017
Yet once again and extract, a list, as found in: "The Reader's Companion to Military History".
"The Ten Best Works of Historical Fiction About War"
* "Iliad". [Homer]
* Romance of the Three Kingdoms. [Lo Kuan-Chung]
* Henry V. [Shakespeare]
* Simplicissimus. [Grimmelshausen]
* The History of Henry Esmond, Esquire. [Thackery]
* "War and Peace". [Tolstoy]
* "The Red Badge of Courage". [Crane]
* Good Soldier Schweik. [Hasek]
* "A Farewell to Arms". [Hemingway]
* "The Cruel Sea". [Montserrat]
It is often thought [and I also thought this to be true] that Crane actually was a combatant during the American Civil War. He was writing about his actual experience as a soldier but this is not so: "'The Red Badge of Courage' has often misled readers into thinking that Crane . . . was himself a veteran. While trying to explain his ability to write about battle realistically, Crane stated: 'Of course, I have never been in a battle, but I believe that I got my sense of the rage of conflict on the football field, or else fighting is a hereditary instinct, and I wrote intuitively; for the Cranes were a family of fighters in the old days'".
HOMER IT IS ALLEGED WROTE THE ILIAD ABOUT FOUR-HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THE ACTUAL EVENTS AS RECOUNTED IN THE EPIC.