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Paul Fussell

Lt. Paul Fussell in Paris, France, May 1945
Born (1924-03-22)22 March 1924
Pasadena, California
Died 23 May 2012(2012-05-23) (aged 88)
Medford, Oregon
Occupation Educator; historian; social critic; author
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Pomona College (B.A.),
Harvard University (MA), (PhD)
Genre Non-fiction
Notable awards Literary:
National Book Award; National Book Critics Circle Award; Ralph Waldo Emerson Award.
Years active 1951–2003
Spouse Betty Fussell
(1949–1981; divorced),
Harriette Behringer
(?-2012; his death)
Children Rosalind Fussell,
Samuel Wilson Fussell
Military career
Allegiance  United States of America
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Purple Heart; Bronze Star

The worst thing about war was the sitting around and wondering what you were doing morally.
Paul Fussell
Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
Paul Fussell
The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower the class.
Paul Fussell
I find nothing more depressing than optimism.