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Review Lorrie Goldensohn is a superb writer with an exemplary presence of mind. Her attention to the 'largeness of literary being' she finds in the poetry of war is balanced by an extraordinary moral and historical wakefulness. Rigorous, open to surprise and terror, she engages us in the struggle to see clearly the illogic of war and, as she says, 'to keep imaginative faith with the species' that wages war and finds ingenious ways to justify itself. Dismantling Glory is a brilliant mosaic, at once learned, dramatic, urgent, mournful and exhilarating. (Robert Boyers Skidmore College)For anyone unacquainted with the history of war poetry in Britain and America during the twentieth century, Goldensohn's book is a good introduction. (The Nation) Read more Review Lorrie Goldensohn's Dismantling Glory is now the place to start when one wants to think seriously about the poetics of the World Wars and the Vietnam War. Goldensohn helps us reconceptualize Wilfred Owen, W. H. Auden, Randall Jarrell, the Vietnam War poets?and poetry's complex and ambivalent role as 'a continued resistance to violent means.' This is a beautiful and important book. (Steven Gould Axelrod, Co-editor of The New Anthology of American Poetry: Volume I: Traditions and Revolutions, Beginnings to 1900)In Professor Goldensohn's study of modern poetry's engagement with modern warfare a fine critical sensibility and a probing moral vision are themselves engaged at their best in her contrasting studies of Owen, Douglas, Auden and Jarrell. Dismantling Glory makes an important contribution to the study of moral issues in twentieth-century poetry. (John Hollander, Yale University) Read more See all Editorial Reviews