Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War - Edited by Anne BostonVirago Press, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.
From the cover: “« Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye » ran the jaunty hit song as women and men were encouraged to ‘Do their Bit’ in the years of the Second World War. But behind the songs and the official patriotic line lay the complicated realities of wartime life. In this marvellous collection of stories by British and American women writers, war is evoked, in the words of Elizabeth Bowen ‘more as a territory than as a page of history’. Here, in stories by, among others, Rosamond Lehmann; Kay Boyle; Olivia Manning; Rose Macaulay; Barbara Pym; Dorothy Parker; Jean Rhys; Stevie Smith; Sylvia Townsend Warner; Beryl Bainbridge and Dons Lessing; is the world of radio news and air-raid warnings, of the Blitz which reduces neighbourhoods to rubble and a lifetime’s possessions to dust. Food, and privacy, are dreamed of and unattainable luxuries — women bid goodbye to husbands, lovers, brothers and sons — and years later try to remake their lives with strangers. For the people of these stories, war is less about progress on the frontline of battle than about the daily struggle to keep homes, families and relationships alive: to snatch pleasure from danger, and strength and comfort from shared experience — and about the subtle damages inflicted on boys and men by the exigencies of war.
At a period in history when time was agonizingly curtailed, the short story provided the perfect vehicle through which emotion and incident could be captured. Taken from many of the publications of the forties, these stories offer a wonderfully authentic portrait of life during the Second World War: here are superb examples of story telling by some of the finest writers of a generation”