Paul Fussell

American literary and cultural historian. Born in Pasadena, California, Fussell was twice decorated for his service in the U.S. Army in World War II, earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University, and taught at Connecticut College and University of Pennsylvania. Fussell's early books dealt with poetic theory and eighteenth- century literature. With the publication of The Great War and Modern Memory (1975), a National Book Award winner, Fussell became better known as a critic of the glorification of war in popular culture. In Class: A Guide through the American Status System (1983), he reveals a sharp eye for the nuances of social class. Fussell also edited The Norton Book of Travel (1987) and The Norton Book of Modern War (1990). See also nyti