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A Wounded Journalist in WWI France

by Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant


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Mine is no more than a pin-point of sharp experience in the vast catastrophe. Voluntarily, for the sake of my profession, I ran a risk—slight it seemed—and luck was against me. In fact, famous journalist Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant's injuries from an explosion were much more than a pin-point. As she lay in a French hospital at the end of the war, she reflected on the immediate world and the larger world around her. Journalist, writer, the biographer of Robert Frost, and sister-in-law to E.B. White, she brings you into that world with her fresh and keen observer's eye and with painful prose that fear and loss have engendered through her war diary. Her work in France was for The New Republic magazine. After her recovery, she moved to New Mexico and wrote about that state and the Native Americans who lived there.

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