Rebecca West, 1892–1983
The Return of the Soldier: with Illustrations by William Price
New York: The Century Company, 1918
Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan to the University of Delaware Library
The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan to the University of Delaware Library, may be best known for its holdings relating to late nineteenth-century British art and literature, but it also contains materials that shed interesting light on the history and legacy of the First World War. A new online exhibition curated by Margaret D. Stetz, PhD, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware, highlights those materials and evokes memories of a devastating world conflict nearly ninety-seven years after the Great War ended.
The digital exhibition is titled “We will remember them”: An Exhibition of First World War Materials from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection. It may be viewed here. The exhibition assembles materials that were first displayed on 1 November 2014 as part of “Remembering the Great War,” a symposium sponsored by the UD Office of Alumni Relations. Divided into four sections, the exhibition presents a range of literary and visual responses to life during wartime, whether intended for public consumption or for private circulation. Most of the items are rare, and many are unique, including a number of unpublished letters and manuscripts, along with previously unknown variants of published works and inscribed copies of books. The sources illuminate the human impact of international conflict.
The permanent link to the exhibition is as follows: http://exhibits.lib.udel.edu/exhibits/show/ww1exhibit.