- In the shadow of the Korean War, a series of misfired mortar shells kill six men in a Marine camp during a training exercise, prompting the commanding officer to order a grueling punishment: a thirty-six mile march through the suffocating heat of the Carolina summer. Intended to beat discipline into the aging reservists, the march instead rankles Lieutenant Culver and Captain Mannix, whose growing resentment of the brutal trek leads to an ultimate, powerful act of rebellion. The Long March is a withering critique of a military system that leaves no room for dignity or personal identity. Told in part through flashbacks and dream sequences, the story is immersed in vivid language and philosophical reflection--a poignant defense of the individual in the face of attempted dehumanization.
- First clothbound issue (U.S.). See West. (A 2.1.a.7)
A novella originally published in February, 1953 issue of Discovery
Rare Books copy 1: (1st clothbound issue--in jacket with date "3/68" on front flap); Styron's copy with his color printed bookplate on front pastedown; bibliographer's examination copy. See West (A 2.I.a.7).
Rare Books copy 2: (4th clothbound issue--"4 6 8 9 7 5" on copyright page, ISBN on rear panel of jacket, no date on front flap); bibliographer's examination copy. See West (A 2.I.a.13).
- Source of Acquisition:
- Rare Books copies 1-2: Gift of James L. W. West III; 2014.
- Reviewed/Cited In:
- West, J.L.W. William Styron, A 2.I.a.7-9, A 2.I.a.13
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