A comprehensive account of the life of R C Sherriff, junior officer and famous writer. One of the WWI survivors who made a lucrative career as a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His movie work is still very well known but not the man. This book provides a full picture – great read.
NAME: From Journey's End to The Dam Busters, The Life of R C Sherriff Playwright of the Trenches FILE: R2406 AUTHOR: Roland Wales PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 388 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War 1, World War One, First World War, playwright, films, movies, novelist, junior officer, screenwriter ISBN: 1-47386-069-5 IMAGE: B2405.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/jtf7b3j LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale DESCRIPTION: A comprehensive account of the life of R C Sherriff, junior officer and famous writer. One of the WWI survivors who made a lucrative career as a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His movie work is still very well known but not the man. This book provides a full picture – great read. Sherriff was marked by his experiences in WWI, as were a great many of the survivors. As part of his adjustment to life beyond the terror of a terrible war of attrition, he wrote “Journey's End” which was a play based on his experiences. It has become a classic, internationally renowned. The author has described how “Journey's End” was written and has examined Sherriff's wartime letters and diaries. This provides an insightful account that could have applied to any of the survivors of war as they exist in awful conditions and then have to rebuild their lives in readjusting to civilian life. Sherriff's creative career was extraordinary and is laid out sensitively in the book, with a good photo-plate section that adds greatly to the text. His film work provides a base for the exploration of Hollywood in the 1930s. It was during WWII that some of his most interesting work was done where he fought his own battles, both with the censor and with Nazi attempts to interfere in his films. These films have become well-known and continue to be screened on television, but he has become unknown as is often the case with screenwriters, overshadowed by the actors and the Hollywood characters. His “Lady Hamilton” was much admired when it was released and it was Churchill's favourite movie. He was also involved in some delicate work because the making of the film “Dam Busters” was undertaken while the 'Bouncing Bomb' was still a top secret. This is a fascinating book that will appeal to so many readers with different interests. The sections relating to Sherriff's WWI experiences will appeal to those interested in that war, but also relate to later wars, where the greatest challenges and courage come after the battle as the survivors struggle to readjust to civilian life. This is common across wars because warriors gain a unique experience that is difficult to describe, even if they wanted to, to family and friends who remained civilians. It is also difficult to share with children, increasing the natural 'generation gap'. The warrior feels that civilians should appreciate his or her war experiences and service, but there is no reason why that should be. Then there is the significant difference between the strong colours of war, the comradeship, and the relatively monochrome life after war. The main body of the book will appeal strongly to all those interested in creative writing and movies, but there is also opposition that had to be overcome from censors and the US Senate, carrying a strong political element.