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Roland PenroseThe Life of a Surrealist$
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James King

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414500

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414500.001.0001

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‘This Fascinating Horror’ (1914–1918)

‘This Fascinating Horror’ (1914–1918)

(p.20) Chapter Two ‘This Fascinating Horror’ (1914–1918)
Roland Penrose

James King

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter details events in Roland Penrose's life from 1914–1918. In 1914, at the age of fourteen, Roland was sent to Leighton Park School near Reading, referred to at the time as ‘the Quaker Eton’, where he was further schooled in a fundamental aspect of his parents' religion: self-reliance. While the first fourteen years of Roland's life had been lived during peace, England would be changed forevermore by the Great War. Back home, his family was thrown into a state of quiet despondency because of Quakerism's strong adherence to pacifism. In March 1916, when the Military Service Act became law, conscription was introduced for the first time in Britain. Roland, anxious to be of use, began in 1918 preparing for service three months before he was eligible to enter the fray.

Keywords:   Roland Penrose, biography, education, self-reliance, Great War, Quakers, pacifism, conscription, Military Service Act

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