The short stories written during and about World War I are often overshadowed by the excellent verse of the War Poets.
Yet the short story is perhaps their equal in other ways. Within these succinct little time capsules of words are captured ideas, attitudes, feelings and life that are expressed in a few minutes just as movingly, imaginatively and tellingly as in any other form.
Some of these stories will be familiar, but some may not. From Virginia Woolf to Katharine Mansfield and John Buchan to C. E. Montague, various writing styles try to make sense of this world at war.
Some may do so directly and some obliquely. Some speak of class, others of the masses, but all reveal their author’s intent and their mastery of war and its effects and consequences upon the human condition as told through their words.