The Penguin Book of First World War Stories

Author Various
Introduction by Barbara Korte
An anthology of Great War short stories by British writers, both famous and lesser-known authors, men and women, during the war and after its end

These stories are able to illustrate the impact of the Great War on British society and culture and the many modes in which short fiction contributed to the war's literature. The selection covers different periods: the war years themselves, the famous boom years of the late 1920s to the more recent past in which the First World War has received new cultural interest.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
ALEXANDER MACLEOD was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of stories, Light Lifting, was a national bestseller, won an Atlantic Book Award, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, and the Commonwealth Book Prize. His most recent book of fiction, Animal Person, won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, CBC Books, and the Globe and Mail, and includes stories that were featured in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2019, he won an O. Henry Award for his story “Lagomorph.” MacLeod holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill University. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2021 Trillium Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and one of Time's Must-Read Books of 2020. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. View titles by Various
The Penguin Book of First World War StoriesIntroduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

1. Front

Arthur Machen, 'The Bowmen'
'Sapper' (Herman Cyril McNeile), 'Private Meyrick—Company Idiot'
C. E. Montague, 'A Trade Report Only'
Richard Aldington, 'Victory'
Anne Perry, 'Heroes'
Mary Borden, 'Blind'
Katherine Mansfield, 'An Indiscreet Journey'
Joseph Conrad, 'The Tale'
A. W. Wells, 'Chanson Triste'

2. Spies and Intelligence

Arthur Conan Doyle, 'His Last Bow'
W. Somerset Maugham, 'Giulia Lazzari'
John Buchan, 'The Loathly Opposite'

3. At Home

Rudyard Kipling, 'Mary Postgate'
Stacy Aumonier, 'Them Others'
John Galsworthy, 'Told by the Schoolmaster'
D. H. Lawrence, 'Tickets, Please'
Radclyffe Hall, 'Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself'
Hugh Walpole, 'Nobody'

4. In Retrospect

Harold Brighouse, 'Once a Hero'
Katherine Mansfield, 'The Fly'
Winifred Holtby, 'The Casualty List'
Robert Graves, 'Christmas Truce'
Muriel Spark, 'The First Year of My Life'
Robert Grossmith, 'Company'
Julian Barnes, 'Evermore'

Maps
Places of the Western Front
Glossary
Military Abbreviations
Notes
Biographies
Acknowledgements

About

An anthology of Great War short stories by British writers, both famous and lesser-known authors, men and women, during the war and after its end

These stories are able to illustrate the impact of the Great War on British society and culture and the many modes in which short fiction contributed to the war's literature. The selection covers different periods: the war years themselves, the famous boom years of the late 1920s to the more recent past in which the First World War has received new cultural interest.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author

ALEXANDER MACLEOD was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of stories, Light Lifting, was a national bestseller, won an Atlantic Book Award, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, and the Commonwealth Book Prize. His most recent book of fiction, Animal Person, won the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, was named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, CBC Books, and the Globe and Mail, and includes stories that were featured in The New Yorker, Granta, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. In 2019, he won an O. Henry Award for his story “Lagomorph.” MacLeod holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill University. He currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2021 Trillium Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and one of Time's Must-Read Books of 2020. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. View titles by Various

Table of Contents

The Penguin Book of First World War StoriesIntroduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

1. Front

Arthur Machen, 'The Bowmen'
'Sapper' (Herman Cyril McNeile), 'Private Meyrick—Company Idiot'
C. E. Montague, 'A Trade Report Only'
Richard Aldington, 'Victory'
Anne Perry, 'Heroes'
Mary Borden, 'Blind'
Katherine Mansfield, 'An Indiscreet Journey'
Joseph Conrad, 'The Tale'
A. W. Wells, 'Chanson Triste'

2. Spies and Intelligence

Arthur Conan Doyle, 'His Last Bow'
W. Somerset Maugham, 'Giulia Lazzari'
John Buchan, 'The Loathly Opposite'

3. At Home

Rudyard Kipling, 'Mary Postgate'
Stacy Aumonier, 'Them Others'
John Galsworthy, 'Told by the Schoolmaster'
D. H. Lawrence, 'Tickets, Please'
Radclyffe Hall, 'Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself'
Hugh Walpole, 'Nobody'

4. In Retrospect

Harold Brighouse, 'Once a Hero'
Katherine Mansfield, 'The Fly'
Winifred Holtby, 'The Casualty List'
Robert Graves, 'Christmas Truce'
Muriel Spark, 'The First Year of My Life'
Robert Grossmith, 'Company'
Julian Barnes, 'Evermore'

Maps
Places of the Western Front
Glossary
Military Abbreviations
Notes
Biographies
Acknowledgements

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