Paul Fussell

American cultural and literary historian (1924-2012)

Paul Fussell (March 22, 1924 – May 23, 2012) was an American cultural and literary historian, author, writer, and university professor.

Paul Fussell, Ph.D.
Lt. Paul Fussell in Paris, France, May 1945
Lt. Paul Fussell in Paris, France, May 1945
Born(1924-03-22)22 March 1924
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Died23 May 2012(2012-05-23) (aged 88)
Medford, Oregon, U.S.
OccupationEducator; Historian; Social critic; Author
Alma materPomona College (B.A.),
Harvard University (MA), (Ph.D.)
Notable awardsPurple Heart; Bronze Star; National Book Award; National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Award
Years active1951 – 2003
SpouseBetty Fussell
(1949-1981; divorced),
Harriette Behringer
(?-2012; his death)
ChildrenRosalind Fussell,
Samuel Wilson Fussell

Early life change

Fussell was born in Pasadena, California on March 22, 1924. He was the second of three children. His father, Paul Fussell (1895–1973), son of a widowed schoolteacher, became a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles with the firm of O’Melveny & Myers. His mother, Wilhma Wilson Sill (1893–1971), was the daughter of a carriage trimmer in Illinois.

His brother, Edwin Sill Fussell, was an author, poet, and professor of American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His sister Florence Fussell Lind lives in Berkeley, California.

Education and World War II change

Fussell studied at Pomona College and at Harvard University. After he graduated, he served in World War II from 1943 until a year after the war ended in 1946. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart. After the war, he taught at Connecticut College (1951–55) before moving to Rutgers University in 1955 and finally the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He also taught at the University of Heidelberg (1957–58) and at King’s College London (1990–92).

Personal life and death change

He was married to Betty Fussell in 1949. The couple had two children, and divorced in 1981. He later was married to Harriette Behringer until his death in 2012. On May 23, 2012, Fussell died in Portland, Oregon of Parkinson's disease at age 88.[1]

Awards and honors change

Fussell's 1975 book The Great War and Modern Memory won the National Book Award in category Arts and Letters, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa. It was ranked number 75 in the Modern Library Board's List of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century.

In 1977, Fussell was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He won the 2005 Hessell-Tiltman Prize for The Boys' Crusade. Fussell was one of the veterans interviewed in the 2007 Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary The War, and in the 1999 ABC-produced documentary The Century: America's Time.

References change

  1. "Literary scholar Paul Fussell dead at 88". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.

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