Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Date of Award

Spring 2016


This project consists of a qualitative study of the WWII correspondence of Captain Brad Marsh from the collection of letters donated by his daughter on April 26, 2013. I draw from the narrative theory and works of Wayne Booth to examine Marsh’s construction of self as an implied author by examining how he presents his experiences and portrays his emotions. I also examine how Marsh constructs his implied self by paying attention to details such as the information he shares with Lynn and how he presents it. I explore the nature of the implied author and reader in the correspondence and also how the relationship between the implied writer and reader influences the understanding of an unintended audience.


Karen Roggenkamp


World War II correspondence