First English Edition of "All Quiet on the Western Front"
REMARQUE, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. Translated from the German by A.W. Wheen. London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, .
First edition in English of the author's first novel (first published in German in 1929 with title: Im Westen Nichts Neues). Small octavo (7 7/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 190 x 185 mm.). 319,  pp.
Original natural linen lettered in dark green on front cover and spine. Top edge stained dark green. Light foxing to edges, slight browning to endpapers. A near fine copy. In the original dark green dust jacket (jacket with minor rubbing along top edge).
Erich Maria Remarque, pseudonym of Erich Paul Remark (1898-1970), "was twice wounded during the 1914-18 War, after which he had a variety of jobs before becoming a journalist in the 1920s and writing his war novel Im Westen nichts Neues (1929). A world-wide success as a novel and film, it portrays his experiences on the western front with great intensity and intentionally brutal realism. But the pacifism underlying Remarque's treatment of war also met with bitter criticism; in 1933 the novel was one of the books burnt publicly in Berlin by the National Socialist regime" (The Oxford Companion to German Literature).
The 1930 film, directed by Lewis Milestone and featuring Lew Ayres, won the Academy Award for both Milestone and Best Picture.
"This is an English language film (made in America) adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War I by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about Ďthe enemy' and the Ďrights and wrongs' of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewilderedÖThe film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality" (Plot Summary for All Quiet on the Western Front by Michele Wilkinson, University of Cambridge Language Centre, at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020629/plotsummary).
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