University of Wisconsin Press, 1996 eISBN: 978-0-299-14813-3 | Paper: 978-0-299-14814-0 | Cloth: 978-0-299-14810-2 Library of Congress Classification D811.P4676 1995 Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54
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Robert Peters is a poet, critic, playwright, fiction writer, actor, and editor, retired from many years of teaching literature at the University of California, Irvine. His two earlier memoirs, Crunching Gravel: A Wisconsin Boyhood in the Thirties, and Nell's Story: A Woman from Eagle River, written with his sister, are both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. His many volumes of poetry include Poems: Selected and New (1967–1991) and Love Poems for Robert Mitchum.
“In this touching sequel to Crunching Gravel: A Wisconsin Boyhood, [Robert Peters] recalls his search for self-knowledge and sexual identity as a young draftee in WW II. . . . This elegantly written memoir has much to say about the relationship between sex and the military life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Peters is neither sentimental nor mawkish in his coming-of-age story, which is made complicated by his ambivalence over his strong homosexual feelings. It is a rare adult who can convey the anxieties of youth as vividly as Peters does.”—David Azzolina, Library Journal
“Peters’ frank confessions and lush recollections paint a bittersweet portrait of a type of wartime experience that has seldom been explored.”—Kurt Chandler, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel