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One of the great World War I antiwar novels - honest, chilling, and brilliantly satirical

Based on the author's experiences on the Western Front, Richard Aldington's first novel, Death of a Hero, finally joins the ranks of Penguin Classics. Our hero is George Winterbourne, who enlists in the British Expeditionary Army during the Great War and gets sent to France. After a rash of casualties leads to his promotion through the ranks, he grows increasingly cynical about the war and disillusioned by the hypocrisies of British society. Aldington's writing about Britain's ignorance of the tribulations of its soldiers is among the most biting ever published. Death of a Hero vividly evokes the morally degrading nature of combat as it rushes toward its astounding finish.

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Used availability for Richard Aldington's Death of a Hero

Hardback Editions

June 1972 : USA Hardback
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Title: Death of a Hero: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Aldington
ISBN: 0-403-00828-X / 978-0-403-00828-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholarly Pr
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December 1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: Death of a Hero (New Portway Reprints)
Author(s): Richard Aldington
ISBN: 0-85594-085-9 / 978-0-85594-085-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: C.Chivers
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Hero (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Richard Aldington
ISBN: 0-14-310687-2 / 978-0-14-310687-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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May 1998 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Death of a Hero
Author(s): Richard Aldington
ISBN: 0-919614-78-7 / 978-0-919614-78-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Dundurn
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September 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Hero
Author(s): Richard Aldington
ISBN: 0-7012-0604-7 / 978-0-7012-0604-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Hogarth Press Ltd
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October 1969 : UK Paperback
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Title: Death of a Hero
Author(s): Richard Aldington
ISBN: 0-7221-1080-4 / 978-0-7221-1080-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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Kindle Editions

February 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death of a Hero (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Richard Aldington
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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May 1998 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Death of a Hero
Author(s): Richard Aldington
Publisher: Dundurn
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