Literary scholar Paul Fussell dead at 88



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Paul Fussell, an acclaimed literary scholar who won a National Book Award in 1976 for “The Great War and Modern Memory,” died Wednesday morning at age 88.

His stepson Cole Behringer said Fussell died of natural causes in a long-term care facility in Medford, Ore. Behringer said his mother and stepfather moved to southern Oregon two years ago from Rochester, N.Y.

Fussell enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and was later awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

But it was his writing about war that brought him greater acclaim.

His study of World War I — “The Great War and Modern Memory” — ranked No. 75 on the Modern Library’s list of the greatest nonfiction books of the 20th century.