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The Wave

(Civil War Trilogy #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
When published in 1929, Evelyn Scott's The Wave was lauded as "magnificent," "monumental," and "masterly" in its experimental, almost cinematic, narrative technique and its modernist view of war and history. For those same reasons, less visionary reviewers labeled it "a failure." Without sentimentality, nostalgia, or a hint of southern apology, Scott takes as her subject t ...more
Paperback, 632 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Louisiana State University Press (first published 1929)
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Jonathan
A masterpiece by an unjustly forgotten Modernist




In 1929 William Faulkner's publisher felt that his status as minor but provocative author would need critical support if his new book, The Sound and the Fury, was to be well received. It was submitted to a better-known writer, and the result was a small pamphlet, distributed to the great and the good.

It began: ''This essay by Evelyn Scott, whose recent novel "The Wave" placed her among the outstanding literary figures of our time, has been pri
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Graceann
Jan 06, 2008 marked it as unfinished-books
Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this book and thus I won't be giving it any stars. I was deeply disappointed, as I had sought out this title and was very excited when I finally found it. It is a Civil War novel (I love these) written in 1929. At the time it was written (and by some reviews since) it was hailed as one of the best books about the Civil War ever written, and is considered an "important" book no matter
how you feel about the subject matter. However, the dialect is
very difficult; the
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John Freeman
It seemed to her that the demoralization of war-time had made them both unclean.
Chapter IV Section IV

The demoralization of war--the things war makes men and women think and do. With the specter of death looming overhead, why not let your desires run rampant, why follow the norms of society? Why do what it tells us to do? Or think, or feel? In war, men proclaim their love, but without a commitment to marriage; women choose to be with men and think bold thoughts.

But The Wave is about so much mo
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Peggy
Apparently considered by some as one of the greatest novels written about the Civil War, The Wave is written by a native of Clarksville TN, Evelyn Scott who left Clarksville very young and in some disgrace. I actually have two copies of this book, neither of which is the edition noted in Goodreads. My paper copy is a 1985 Carroll and Graf Publishers version, in relatively good condition considering the cheap paper that is yellowing and brittle. I also have a hard copy without jacket, a 1st editi ...more
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Evelyn Scott was an American novelist, playwright and poet. A modernist and experimental writer, Scott "was a significant literary figure in the 1920s and 1930s, but she eventually sank into critical oblivion.

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