(Critical Survey of Literature, Revised Edition)

Originally Robert Sherriff had no literary ambitions, and JOURNEY’S END was written to be used by a group of amateurs who were interested in dramatics. At that time Sherriff was an insurance claims adjuster. The play grew out of letters Sherriff had written to his family during World War I, when he served as an officers in the British Army. On a chance suggestion, JOURNEY’S END was sent to George Bernard Shaw, who helped to get the play produced. It was an immense success; at one time there were nine companies playing it in the United States and England. The play made the author famous, and he became a professional writer. Although he has written other plays and novels, none has been as successful as JOURNEY’S END.