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Rip Paul Fussell, The Dumbing Of America author and critic

24 May 2012 1:21 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Paul Fussell—author, scholar, World War II veteran, and famously cranky bastard—died on Wednesday, May 23 of natural causes at age 88, according to The New York Times. Fussell’s worldview, priorities, and much of the shape of his career were set by his experience of the war, which he described as “ugliness incarnate,” leaving him in search of “any outlet that was artistic.” He partly summed himself up in the title of his 1996 memoir, Doing Battle: The Making Of A Skeptic. After completing his studies at Harvard University, Fussell began teaching at Connecticut College before settling in »

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