This is late, but so was my published tribute to Dr. Fussell, out this week in various news outlets. As a former Army officer and current journalist, Paul Fussell's writings influenced me deeply in all my professional endeavors. I did not always agree with him, but am very grateful American culture had him for 50 years. Since I can't submit copyrighted material, here is a link to my column on him:
In the late '50's and early '60's, shortly after he came to Rutgers, I had the good fortune to be a student of Paul Fussell's in a range of courses from a small freshman Honors Seminar to his graduate seminar in Augustan Literature. He was the best teacher I ever had, not only because of his brilliance, but also because of his intellectual incorruptibility and the discipline he demanded of his students ("Late papers are never acceptable.") His criticism could be withering, but his praise was generous. As a mentor, he was invaluable to me, virtually insisting that I publish a seminar paper I wrote for him and helping me to do so. He set the example I aspired to emulate throughout my own academic career, and for that I am immensely grateful. It was a privilege to know him.
Fussell was a great classroom teacher. I was fortunate enough to have him as my freshman English teacher and then later as my teacher of 18th-century British literature. He fully engaged the class and made every meeting an exciting intellectual experience. His death is a great loss.
Paul Fussell: His personal military history was included in the US Army leadership manual in the late 1980s. His insights on combat made a tremendous impact on me, and I used his "lessons" in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. I continue to use his "lessons" as a US History teacher today. I will never forget what he taught me about real combat and how good life is!
I was introduced to Paul Fussell's writing via his works 'Wartime' and 'Doing Battle', and realized instantly that he was an author of the finest caliber.
His WW II testimonial in the Ken Burns 2007 documentary: 'The War' was rivetting.
Maybe the finest essay written about the controversial end of that conflict is:
'Thank God for the Atomic Bomb'; as someone here already said, it is a must-read.
He enriched so many with his razor-sharp wit and honesty. He will be terribly missed.
Paul Fussell was my intellectual hero since I took my first class with him in 1955 at Rutgers He supervised my Henry Rutgers thesis and then I took his graduate seminar in 18th century English. My son then took his class 30 years later at Penn. His public intellectual life was exemplary. He will be missed. Deepest sympathies to the Fussell family. Stephen Wertheimer
May the God of comfort be with you during this difficult time.
Dear Harriette--I'm so sorry to hear of Paul's death. He was a great man and also a good friend to me and Ben, as were you! I was just quoting him re Pasadena to my friend Allan as we exited the Laemmle 7 to have dinner nearby. But I am also happy to hear you're in Oregon(?) because I will be nearer to you! Am moving in a few weeks to live in S.F. near my daughter et al. I would very much like to visit you after I settle in. Much love, Robin Larsen
This is a sad day for the family and friends. Remember the good times you had with Paul, this will help you to heal. Above all the God of all comfort will supply you with what you need. 1 Cor 2:3,4
With deepest sympathy to the Fussell family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
I was Paul Fussell's student at Rutgers a half-century ago. During my academic career I never found a more reliable guide through illusions toward reality.
Our Sentiments to
one of many..
years History saved'
Achieved upon the
Inspired and Admired
Rest in serene Peace
with in a
Spiritual new Journey~
Although he was old enough to be my father, he was my spiritual brother. He just knew...............
I loved his writing, at first didn't realize that the author of CLASS was also that of of WARTIME.
One of my prized possessions was a handwritten postcard I received from him, thanking me for having sent him some of my own
piano music albums. (That was in '07, when he was living in Philadelphia.
He was a superb writer. Phil Klein
Enjoyed his work being part of my graduate studies in Eurpean History. A great man. Rest in peace with your comrades in arms of both great wars.
Enjoyed his writing and his wit...a loss to the arts. RIP.
On behalf of Dave and Paul, two scientists who found your book so worthwhile, I thank you, Paul Fussell. Now I need to read it as well.
I have read UNIFORMS and THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY. He did great work.
Paul was a distant cousin of mine and it was through his book "Doing Battle", that I became interested in our family tree. I have a number of his books. My prayers go to his family.
Nina Jean Fussell St.Clair - Rocky Mount, N. C.
Great writer, encourage everyone to read his piece "THANK GOD FOR THE ATOMIC BOMB". Sorry to see his generation passing .
To the family of Paul Fussell may God give you comfort and peace by means of prayer - Philipians 4:6,7. My deepest sympathy
I was a student of Dr. Fussell in 1993. No mentor ever made such an imprint upon me. Dr. Fussell combined an abundance of wit and humor with intellectual rigor and fundamental decency. He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and enlighten readers for years to come.
Thank you for puncturing the romanticizing of war because you knew from your experience that it wasn't . Feeling fortunate to have survived, you had little patience for those who dribbled away the gift of life in silliness.
Your work will be remembered.
Sadly, I did not know of Mr. Fussell or his writings; however, it is now my intention to read his books. He has left a very worthwhile legacy, and I find myself feeling very sad at his passing. Sincere condolences to his family.
Mr. Fussell is in the documentary People Like Us: Social Class in America, and provides great commentary on the issue of social stratification. He will be missed.
Thank you for your service to your country