The Gallery (The Arbor House Library of Contemporary Americana)

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Dramatizes the experiences of American soldiers during World War II and their relationships with civilians in the war zones

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John Horne Burns (1916-1953) attended Andover and Harvard and then served in military intelligence during World War II. He wrote two more novels after The GalleryLucifer With a Book and A Cry of Children—but both met with a cold critical reception. He drank himself to death in Florence while still in his thirties.

Paul Fussell
(1924–2012) was the author of many books on war and twentieth-century culture, including The Great War and Modern Memory, which won the National Book Award. His memoir Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic chronicles the time he spent fighting with the 103rd infantry division in World War II.

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"A book by an ex—soldier that deals with the Americans in Itlay and that displays unmistakable talent...Mr. Burns shows the novelist’s specific gift in a brilliant way." — Edmund Wilson

"Burns has a brilliant facility for reproducing the sights, sounds, color, feel, and smell of the places he has seen. He uses this to startling effect to recapture what many Americans beyond the frontiers of their antiseptic homeland for the first time found in exotic and warped war centers as Casablanca, Fedhala, Algiers, and of course the twisted and diseased Napoli itself." — William Hogan, San Francisco Chronicle

"An important novel of our time." — William McFee, New York Sun

"No one will ever forget this book: a story torn from impassioned experience of modern wars in a shattered city of the ancient world. The Gallery is unique, unsparing, immediate; inextinguishable." — Shirley Hazzard

“Burns’s novel...captures the peculiar moral putrefaction military occupation breeds.” —Roy Scranton, Lit Hub

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