by William Arthur Goss



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/17/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 172
ISBN : 9781468572476

About the Book

The letters and poems in this volume were written by an Iowan who was thrust into several different locales and cultural milieus during and immediately after the second world war. The author was a civilian employee of the United States Army Corps of Engineers during these times. At the various postings, activities were centered on conducting or recovering from one of History's greatest conflicts. Mr. Goss describes his interactions with individuals from several countries with whom he worked in Alberta, Yukon Territory, Alaska, the Philippine Islands, and Japan. During the serious business of war there were lighter moments. An Australian drinking song is included in one letter. The letters and poems describe features of the various locales such as terrain, weather, and Mr. Goss's particular enthusiasm, botanical riches. Reaction to events during the second world war appear in the letters and poems, and illustrate the ideas about life and politics that were not atypical for the time. As such they are surely of Historical value.

About the Author

William Goss was a native of Davenport, Iowa. Born in 1909, his life spanned two world wars and the Great Depression. His interests were wide, encompassing Literature- -especially Poetry, Science- especially Botany and astronomy, Classical Music, and Chess. As a young man, he formed life-long friendships with individuals having similar interests. During and after World War II he worked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a Civil Servant. He was stationed in Alberta, Yukon Territory, Alaska, the Philippine Island, and Japan. He corresponded regularly with his life-long friends from these places. He also took time to write a number of poems. The poems and letters contain descriptions and impressions of the places where he worked and comments on the course of World War II and its aftermath. He was particularly affected by the destruction wrought by the conflict. He died in 1956.