"On the Road to Innsbruck and Back" is a product of the author's long obsession with serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the 103rd Infantry Division. Too often he was given a responsibility that he neither deserved nor desired. But then he was in an Intelligence and Reconnaissance platoon, at the service of a regimental headquarters. The chief model for On the Road is Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, the best short novel about war that he knows. Like Crane, he wanted, above all, to demonstrate the moral cost of some months in combat upon a not-insensitive young man. Contents: Dedication | Acknowledgments | Preface | Poem: "Dog Tags" | Chapter 1: Living with Violence: The Making of an American Soldier | Chapter 2: Losing It | Chapter 3: Under Fire | Chapter 4: Dogfaces and Dogrobbers | Chapter 5: Collaborating | Chapter 6: Undercover | Chapter 7: Delivering the Goods | Chapter 8: The Hero Syndrome | Chapter 9: Gathering Intelligence | Chapter 10: Off Limits and Out of Control | Chapter 11: Winding Down | Chapter 12: On the Road to Innsbruck and Back | Chapter 13: On the Way Back | Chapter 14: Double Solitaire on the Home Front | Chapter 15: Crime and Punishment | Chapter 16: Period of Adjustment. Published by Merriam Press.
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About the Author
William Bache's great-grandfather was a Methodist minister; his father owned two grocery stores and ten farms. He was born in the coal mining town of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, in 1922. Bill is now widowed and has one daughter. After getting a Ph.D. in English Literature from Penn State in 1952 and then teaching there for a year, Bill joined the Purdue English Department in 1953. Except for a summer in Maine and one in Montana and except for two sabbaticals in Oxford, Bill spent his entire career at Purdue. He has received a large number of teaching awards. Bill retired in 1992. Bill's specialties are Shakespeare and lyric poetry. He published Measure for Measure as Dialectical Art in 1969; Design and Closure in Shakespeare's Major Plays in 1992; Shakespeare's Deliberate Art in 1996. Since 1951, in addition to Shakespeare, Bill has published on Spenser, Jonson, Herbert, Harrick, Dryden, Gray, Wordsworth, Shelley, Housman, Conrad, Crane, Galsworthy, Joyce, Faulkner, and Hemingway. Bill is one of the founders of Modern Fiction Studies, and he has re-viewed seventy-two books of literary criticism. He has also published seven short stories and thirty poems.