World War I Short Fiction Criticism: English Writers Of Short Fiction - Essay

Charles L. Ross (essay date 1982)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Ross, Charles L. “D. H. Lawrence and World War I on History and the ‘Forms of Reality’: The Case of England, My England.Franklin Pierce Studies in Literature (1982): 11-21.

[In the following essay, Ross examines Lawrence's treatment of World War I in the two versions of his story “England, My England.”]

Historians are wary of using fiction as a source of historical knowledge. Thus, A. J. P. Taylor writes: “Most novels are really set twenty or thirty years back, whether avowedly or not. Thus Galsworthy, Joyce, and even, I think, D.H. Lawrence are purely prewar in spirit.”1 An historian's unease with the anachronistic spirit of...

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G. H. Newsom (essay date March 1984)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Newsom, G. H. “‘Sea Constables’ and the Blockade of January 1915.” The Kipling Journal 58, no. 229 (March 1984): 12-29.

[In the following essay, Newsom places Rudyard Kipling's “Sea Constables” within historical context—English-American relations before America's entry into World War I and the sea blockade off the coast of England in 1914.]


“Sea Constables” was first published in the American magazines, Metropolitan and Nash's, in September and October 1915.1 It was not published again until Debits and Credits in September 1926. I have compared Nash's with...

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Robert Edward Murray (essay date spring 1990)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Murray, Robert Edward. “Wyndham Lewis and His Fiction of the First World War” Journal of the Short Story in English 14 (spring 1990): 41-62.

[In the following essay, Murray views Wyndham Lewis's body of World War I short stories as “an original type of war literature” and “an integral part of his development as a writer.”]


The Great War of 1914-18 was the single most important influence on the development of many European intellectuals, including the English Modernist writer and painter Percy Wyndham Lewis. The general effect of this influence was political in the sense...

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David Clarke (essay date 2002)

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Clarke, David. “Rumours of Angels: A Legend of the First World War.” Folklore 113 (2002): 151-73.

[In the following essay, Clarke asserts that Arthur Machen's “The Bowmen” was inspired by the Angel of Mons legend, which offered encouragement to the British troops during World War I.]

It's true, Sister. We all saw it. First there was a sort of a yellow mist like, sort of risin' before the Germans as they came to the top of the hill, come on like a solid wall they did—springing out of the earth just solid, no end to ‘em. I just gave up. No use fighting the whole German race, thinks I; it's all up with us. The next minute comes this...

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