This is the next in a series on writers and poets who were affected by World War One.
The daughter of a Chicago millionaire, Borden left home as soon as she was of age and traveled to India. There she married a Scottish missionary and had two daughters.
In 1913, she moved to London and began associating with writers and poets. A third daughter was born a year later.
Also while in London, Borden joined the suffragist movement.
World War One:
Borden used her own money to pay for and supply a mobile hospital for the French Army. She also worked as a nurse in the hospital starting in 1915, earning several medals for her bravery.
During the war, she met her second husband. When her first husband discovered the affair, he took custody of the children and a messy divorce followed.
Borden’s experiences during the war were the inspiration for several stories, although she did not begin writing about the war until about a decade later. Her novel, The Forbidden Zone, was a memoir.
According to Amazon, the book deserves “to be read alongside the likes of Sassoon, Graves, and Remarque, [and] is a collection of her memories and impressions of that experience. Describing the men as they march into battle, engaging imaginatively with the stories of individual soldiers, and recounting procedures at the field hospital, the author offers a perspective on the war that is both powerful and intimate.”
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