Thursday, June 13, 2013
Ernie Pyle, Great American Writer
This time of year I always think of the great World War II correspondent and one of the best all-around American writers I've ever read, and learned a hell of a lot from reading and rereading--Ernie Pyle.
Here's a link to Pyle's greatest piece of writing and what I think is the best short piece of writing you'll find anywhere. Notice how he puts you right there in that terrible, somber scene with just the right details, and makes you feel what those soldiers were feeling when they came upon the body of Captain Waskow. Neither Chekov nor Maupassant good have done it any better. Pyle was truly a great American writer but I'll bet only one out of a thousand even know his name. The sands of time pile up fast.
Right now there's a documentary running on the Documentary Channel about Pyle called FROM TWO MEN AND A WAR. Check it out and learn about a great American writer who has unjustly been mostly forgotten.
Read his essay here: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN WASKOW BY ERNIE PYLE