WILL REMAIN (pseudonym)
A fictional third-generation Remain who is a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and divorced father of two children.
Will is writing the true story of his family's history. In the Prologue, we learn that he has just completed the first of six volume that will make up that history.
Will is short for William. The name comes from the French and means "determined protector."
Will Remain is a play on "'will remain" as in "will remain committed," "will remain loyal," etc.
Unique device: a fictional author is telling a true story.
The realm of pseodonymity enables the author, by way of an invented fictional identity, to escape the baggage associated with being a non-combat officer and inhabit the identity of a war hero. This is done for purposes of the book only.
The Remains of the Corps is being forged by Tom Hebert, a "literary blacksmith," whose hammers, tongs, and chisels -- including a lengthy self-education in the literary arts, an intense passion, and a fierce persistence -- are shaping the iron wrought by many years of extensive research.
Tom, the son of a former Marine sergeant who served on Iwo Jima, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Marines in 1968 and served in Vietnam on 1970 and 1971 as a First Lieutenant. He is a Certified Public Accountant by vocation. His avocation is writing and researching on military matters. He is married, the father of two, and the grandfather of five.
Anton Myrer is, in my mind, a vastly underappreciated author. He wrote only seven books, but three of them (The Big War, Once An Eagle, and The Last Convertible) were made into motion pictures or television miniseries. Mr. Myrer was a Harvard graduate and served with the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific in WWII.
In the late 1990’s, I came across Mr. Myrer’s masterpiece, Once An Eagleand never stopped reading and writing about it. It was the military aspects of Mr. Myrer’s work that appealed to me at first, but as I began to study his novel in detail, I became acutely aware of his literary prowess. His employment of literary devices is extraordinary. He is a master of alliteration, consonance, and assonance and is particularly adept in the use of similes, metaphors, symbolism, foreshadowing, personification, and metonymy. So enamored was I, that I authored two non-fictional titles: Once An Eagle: A Reader’s Companion and Notes on Once An Eagleand developed a website (no longer active) dedicated to it.
Once An Eagle, a New York Times best-seller, in paperback, in 1977, has been in continuous publication since 1968, has been published in nineteen languages, and has sold more than three million copies.
Having studied Mr. Myrer’s classic military novel about two army officer rivals over fifty years and four wars, I decided that I would take my “Myrer Apprenticeship” and honor his work by attempting a similar epic story of the United States Marines.
I selected F. Scott Fitzgeraldfor his remarkably specific and extensive use of popular music in his novels and short stories.
Mr. Fitzgerald’s body of work includes seventy-one song titles and innumerable lyrics.
His artistry in this regard was the subject of a Prospects Quarterly Reviewarticle titled “‘Poor Butterfly’: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Popular Music,” by Ruth Progozy. Per Ms. Progozy, “Fitzgerald used popular music with scrupulous concern for the aptness of title and lyric.”; for him, popular music was not simply part of the contemporary cultural scene; it was symbol, symptom, and sum of an era; it was past, present, and future playing endless elusive refrains.”; and “the strongest tie between [Fitzgerald’s] hero and heroine in their courtship is popular music.”
Believing in the power of titles and lyrics, as Ms. Progozy puts it, “to reflect the texture and substance of [Fitzgerald’s] characters’ lives and aspirations,” I determined to make popular music an integral part of The Remains of the Corps.