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The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner


by Randall Jarrell

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Jarrell wrote children's books. Yes, really. Maurice Sendak (author of Where the Wild Things Are ) did the illustrations. (Source.)

Jarrell was best known as a literary critic. He was infamous for giving savagely critical reviews to those poets whose work he didn't like. Harsh! (Source.)

Jarrell's poem inspired a play. Yup, just those 5 little lines. Check out this review. (Source.)

As bad as it sounds, the ball turrent gunner was actually the safest job to have on a World War II bomber. (Source.)

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