Tell England: A Study in a Generation
Ernest Raymond (Author)
British novelist, Ernest Raymond (1888-1974), was born in France and was educated at St Paul's School, London, Chichester Theological College and Duram University. Raymond was ordained into the Anglican Church in 1914 and resigned in 1923. His first and most popular novel, Tell England (1922), was based upon his experiences in the First World War, when he served as a clergyman.

The story begins with the public school lives of Rupert Ray and his school friends. Pranks played on the teachers are told from Rupert's perspective. Their school lives teach them honesty, courage and sportsmanship. When war comes the boys eagerly leave to join the army as officers. The boys begin to feel the tragedy and heroism of war when their school comrades begin to die. When Ray returns to England he is compelled to write and tell England what they have experienced.

The imagery of the First World War-the trenches, no-man's-land, barbed wire, gas, slaughter-captured in newsreels, photographs, memoirs, and poems, tells of the war as a living nighmare. There is, however, another side to this war of mass slaughter, mutilation and despair. There was innocence, patriotism, enthusiasm, gallantry, and sportsmanship-the war of schoolboys and subalterns. This is a side of the war that is feelingly and movingly evoked in Raymond's Tell England: "Tell England, ye who pass this monument, We died for her, and here we rest content."

Dr Craig Paterson, General Editor, Viewforth Classics.

LCCN: 2011933409 -- ISBN/EAN13: 1463677456 / 9781463677459 -- Publ. Date: Aug 22 2011 -- Page Count: 318 -- Binding Type: US Trade Paper -- Trim Size: 6" x 9" -- Language: English -- Color: Black and White -- Related Categories: Fiction / War -- Fiction / English Public Schools.