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Paul Fussell

Paul FussellBorn: 22-Mar-1924
Birthplace: Pasadena, CA
Died: 23-May-2012
Location of death: Medford, OR
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Great War and Modern Memory

Military service: US Army (WWII, 1943-45, 2nd Lt.)


[1] Betty Fussell, My Kitchen Wars (1999): "I opened the door and turned on the light. There were the Professor and the Student, buck naked, as startled as a pair of deer caught in headlights. The Professor tried drunkenly to explain that it had been too late for the Student to get a bus home, so he was going to spend the night on the living-room sofa. I told the boys to put on their clothes."

Father: Paul Fussell, Sr. (attorney, O'Melveny & Myers, b. 1895, d. 1973)
Mother: Wilhma Wilson Sill (b. 1894, d. 1971)
Brother: Edwin Sill Fussell (English professor, b. 1922, d. 27-Aug-2002)
Sister: Florence Fussell Lind
Wife: Betty Harper (m. 1949, div. 1981, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Rosalind Fussell ("Tucky", b. 1955)
Son: Samuel Wilson Fussell (b. 1958)
Wife: Harriette Behringer (m. 1987, until his death)

    University: BA, Pomona College (1946)
    University: MA, Harvard University (1949)
    University: PhD, Harvard University (1951)
    Professor: Connecticut College (1951-55)
    Professor: Rutgers University (1955-83)
    Professor: University of Pennsylvania (1984-94)

    Bronze Star
    Purple Heart
    Fulbright

Author of books:
The Great War and Modern Memory
The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism: Ethics and Imagery from Swift to Burke (1965, criticism)
Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (1965, criticism)
Theory of Prosody in Eighteenth-Century England (1966, criticism)
Samuel Johnson: The Life of Writing (1971, biography)
Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars (1980, criticism)
The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observations (1982, essays)
Class: A Guide Through the American Status System (1983, social studies)
Thank God For The Atom Bomb and Other Essays (1988, essays)
Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War (1989, history)
BAD, or, The Dumbing of America (1991, nonfiction)
The Anti-Egotist: Kingsley Amis: Man of Letters (1994, biography)
Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic (1996, memoir)
Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear (2002, nonfiction)
The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 (2003, history)



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