Those Who Heard the Trumpet Call

 

Eventually I came to believe that a new edition of Victor Chapman's letters was long overdue, more than a hundred years after his death. I also thought his father's memoir might be most effective as a sort of running commentary throughout the letters, rather than as preface. [SPOILER ALERT: Chapman announces his son's June 23, 1916 death in his opening sentence; I don't find it a compelling narrative choice.] I am also including more of the father's war poems where appropriate.

 

The one-man version of “In Flanders Fields” also included more of Alan Seeger's poetry. As I began reading more of his letters home, I soon discovered that the published editions are fairly heavily edited. His letters and diaries are housed in the Hollis Archives at the Harvard Library in Cambridge, MA. Many, but not all, are available online in digital images, so I hope to make a trip there to do further research.

 

Right now I anticipate two volumes: The first will consist of Victor Chapman's letters and his father's memoir and poetry, and the second the war-time letters, diaries, and poems of Alan Seeger. Both will be self-published on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions, and also available in audiobook.

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