The Diary of a Dead Officer

Arthur Graeme West (1891 - 1917)

Published posthumously in 1919, this collection of diary entries presents a scathing picture of army life and is said to be one of the most vivid accounts of daily life in the trenches. It chronicles West's increasing disillusion with war and his move toward pacifist and atheist beliefs. The final part consists of his powerful war poems, including God, How I Hate You, You Young Cheerful Men, and Night Patrol. West was killed by a sniper in 1917. In view of some of his poems, one wonders if death was not unwelcome. (Introduction adapted from Wikipedia by Ruth Golding)

Genre(s): Poetry, War & Military, Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 0 - Introduction Ruth Golding
Play 01 1 - Part I: Diary Ruth Golding
Play 02 2 - Part II: Diary Ruth Golding
Play 03 3 - Part III: Diary Ruth Golding
Play 04 4 - Part IV: Diary Ruth Golding
Play 05 5 - Part V: Poems Ruth Golding