Once There Was a War

Once There Was a War

  • Unsigned
  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
Released January 1, 1959
ISBN --

£200.00

Currently out of Stock

'Do you know it, do you remember it, the drives, the attitudes, the terrors and, yes, the joys?' Thus Steinbeck introduces his collection of poignant and hard-hitting dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune when the Second World War was at its height. He begins in England, recounting the courage of the bomber crews, the tragic air-raids and the strangeness of the British, before being sent to Africa and joining a special operations unit off the coast of Italy. Eating, drinking talking and fighting alongside the soldiers, Steinbeck's empathy for the common man is always in evidence in these pieces, and he never fails to evoke the human side of an inhuman war.


'If you have forgotten what the war was like, Steinbeck will refresh your memory. Age can never dull this kind of writing.'
Chicago Tribune

Book Condition & Notes

A fine first edition, in the original binding. In a very good unclipped dust jacket, with a small tear to the front cover near the top of the spine and the bottom of the spine (both repaired with tape on reverse), and some light wear to corners and bottom of spine.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was an American author. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." He has been called "a giant of American letters", and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.

During his writing career, he authored 33 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row, the multi-generation epic East of Eden, and the novellas The Red Pony and Of Mice and Men. The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies.

Most of Steinbeck's work is set in central California, particularly in the Salinas Valley and the California Coast Ranges region. His works frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as applied to downtrodden or everyman protagonists.

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Book Condition & Notes

A fine first edition, in the original binding. In a very good unclipped dust jacket, with a small tear to the front cover near the top of the spine and the bottom of the spine (both repaired with tape on reverse), and some light wear to corners and bottom of spine.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.