Henry F Beechhold Some We Loved: A Novel

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Some We Loved: A Novel

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Just after WW II ended in Europe, the Army gives Dave Hartfield special training for two clandestine ┐wet-work┐ assignments relating to the growing Cold War in Europe. He carries these out with success, but once past the flush of youthful excitement and the trumped-up patriotism, Dave is haunted by the horror and uselessness of what he┐d done. According to documents he┐d signed, and direful warnings from those in charge, the events ┐never happened┐ and he is precluded from ever ┐breathing even a word┐ about them. After his mustering out, he goes to university, earning a degree in English and French literature and obsessed with the dream of becoming a writer, a dream fed by the fact of several of his poems being accepted for publication. From university, he returns to his home city of New York, settling for a time in Greenwich Village with Carla, a young woman with whom he has been corresponding. Yet there are others in his life, either painful memories or current relationships: Clothilde, Irmgard, Renata, Trudi, Lilly (a celebrity from earlier days in New York night life), Charlotte, Silvy, Betty, and Renie. But he lives his life under the raging storm cloud of his past and, despite occasional moments of pleasure, at times wildly abandoned, he can┐t seem to find a real focus, which results in his inability to do the sort of writing, to be the ┐artist,┐ he had imagined. In a strange way, much of his inner life seems governed by the French poet, Charles Baudelaire. Further, the issue of identity, most particularly the ambiguity of his Jewish origins, deeply troubles him. Some We Loved takes the reader through Dave┐s tangle of sorrows, joys, confusions, and menagerie of demons, to ┐? In essence, Some We Loved is, like all serious literature, about the anxiety of human relationships.

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Henry F. Beechhold, Ph. D., a veteran of WW II (Europe), is Professor Emeritus of English and former Chair of the Linguistics Program at The College of New Jersey. He has a long history of writing and publication covering a wide range of topics. Prior to a 45-year career as a professor, he wrote technical manuals for one of our guided-missile systems. After entering academia, he wrote books and articles on computer repair and maintenance and on linguistics and pedagogy, numerous book reviews, and a large body of poetry, much of which has been published. He served as Associate Editor of ╔ire-Ireland (Irish studies) and Executive Editor of Bitterroot (poetry), and was part of the group that created Grammar Rock, winner of the Emmy for the best children's instructional program on television in 1976. Although "officially" retired, though not retiring, he is pronunciation editor of the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms (having written the pronunciations for every entry in the dictionary), and can be nearly always found at his computer keyboard writing poetry, composing music, and, at present, working on a sequel to Some We Loved.

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