Any study of heroic action in pre-1914 literature will inevitably be brief and partial, excluding probably most that is of interest in the works themselves. Yet some examination can outline what sort of tradition the anti-war writers felt themselves to writing against. Two conclusions arise from this examination: the hero by 1914 was a social hero; but heroism was also seen as a defining mark of man (‘existential heroism’) and this idea was to survive the anti-heroic reaction of the twenties.


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