Bomber County

The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War

Daniel Swift

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In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with the 83rd Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Widespread aerial bombardment was to the Second World War what the trenches were to the First: a shocking and new form of warfare, wretched and unexpected, and carried out at a terrible scale of loss. Just as the trenches produced the most remarkable poetry of the First World War, so too did the bombing campaigns foster a haunting set of poems during the Second.

In researching the life of his grandfather, Daniel Swift became engrossed with the connections between air war and poetry. Ostensibly a narrative of the author’s search for his lost grandfather through military and civilian archives and in interviews conducted in the Netherlands, Germany, and England, Bomber County is also an examination of the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry, an investigation into the experience of bombing and being bombed, and a powerful reckoning with the morals and literature of a vanished moment.

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Daniel Swift has written for Bookforum, The New York Times Book Review, and The Times Literary Supplement.

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Bomber County
The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
Daniel Swift

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
August 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374533038
ISBN10: 0374533032
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages, 7 Black-and-White Illustrations, Notes, and a Selected Bibliography
$16.00

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August 2010
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ISBN: 9781429995924
ISBN10: 1429995920
304 pages
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