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This Above All

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Title:This Above All
Knight, Eric   
(4 of 4 for author by title)
Sam Small Flies Again: The Amazing Adventures of The Flying Yorkshireman
Published:   1941
Publisher:The Musson Book Company Ltd.
Tags:fiction, romance, war, World War II, film/TV adaptation

. . . was heralded by the publishers as “the first great novel of the war” . . . it is about the war, but first and last it is a great love story, a great adventure in thinking things through. A soldier, veteran of the escape from Dunkirk, discharged on leave after hospitalization, meets a girl, in uniform of the W.A.A.F’s--and they break through the barriers of tradition and caste to find a common meeting ground, and to learn, through each other’s eyes, to understand what both are standing for. The comparison with A Farewell to Arms is justified in the poignancy of the experience of the books faintly, perhaps, in the outline of plot. But it needs no linking with any other book, for it stands firmly on its own force and quality. It is a cross section of England, under fire; it gives one a deep conviction of something more to be won than the shell of the old England. Eric Knight has grown with each succeeding book; this is the finest thing he has done. . .—Kirkus Review. [Suggest a different description.]

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Eric Knight (1897-1943)

Eric Mowbray Knight was an English novelist and screenwriter born in Yorkshire who is mainly known for his 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home and for This Above All, considered one of the significant novels of the Second World War.

After his mother moved the family to the United States in 1912, he began a varied career, including service in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry during World War I as a signaller and then served as a captain of field artillery in the U. S. Army Reserve until 1926. He did stints as an art student, newspaper reporter and Hollywood screenwriter and co-authored the film, Battle of Britain in the "Why We Fight" Series under the direction of Frank Capra.

Knight and his second wife Jere Knight raised collies on their farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His novel Lassie Come-Home appeared in 1940, expanded from a short story published in 1938 in The Saturday Evening Post. The novel was adapted to film by MGM in 1943 as Lassie Come Home with Roddy McDowall in the role of Joe Carraclough and canine actor Pal in the role of Lassie. The success of the novel and film generated more films and eventually several television series, cementing Lassie's icon status.

In 1943, when he was a major in the United States Army–Special Services film unit, Knight was killed in a C-54 air crash in Dutch Guiana in South America. One of his last books, Sam Small Flies Again, republished as The Flying Yorkshireman, included the character Sam Small, a villager from Knight's beloved Yorkshire whose stock in trade was an endless parade of outrageous lies and tall tales.

Source: chelsea-collies.com, Wikipedia

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