Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Robert W. Service’s novels never achieved any degree of literary significance or even popular acceptance; perhaps fiction simply allowed him some diversion from writing verse. The following titles, however, suggest the relationship between Service’s poetry and his fiction: The Trail of ’98 (1910), The Pretender: A Story of the Latin Quarter (1914), The Poisoned Paradise (1922), The Roughneck (1923), The Master of the Microbe (1926), and The House of Fear (1927). Of greater value to the student are the three major autobiographical pieces, since each helps to cast some light upon both the poet and his work: Why Not Grow Young? Or, Living for Longevity (1928), Ploughman of the Moon: An Adventure into Memory (1945), and Harper of Heaven: A Record of Radiant Living (1948).