The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War

The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World WarThe Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War by Vincent Sherry
ISBN: 0521528976
Published by Cambridge University Press on February 1st 2005
Genres: Literary, Literary Criticism
Pages: 348

Len's Summary: A critical overview of the major gendres, the impact of the war on the literature of the UK, America, France and the USA and legacy of the war in 20th century literature.

Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918

Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918 by Jane Potter
ISBN: 0199543216
Published by Oxford University Press on December 1st 2008
Genres: Literary, Women's Studies
Pages: 257

Len's Summary: Popular British literature in WWI.

Briffault’s Passchendaele: Arts, Empathy, and the First World War

Briffault’s Passchendaele:  Arts, Empathy, and the First World WarBriffault's Passchendaele: Arts, Empathy, and the First World War by Phil McCray
ISBN: 9780945213345
Published by Rudi Publishing on November 11th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, World War I
Pages: 222

Len's Summary: An attempt to find meaning in The Great War and the world it created.

The Post-Office Girl

The Post-Office GirlThe Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig, Joel Rotenberg
ISBN: 1590172620
Published by New York Review Books on April 15th 2008
Genres: Fiction, Classics, Literary
Pages: 257

Len's Summary: First published posthumously in Germany in 1982, this is a novel about post-WWI Vienna and the frayed society left behind with the disappearance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Zweig (1881-1942), an Austrian Jew and author of The World Yesterday (1941) was forced into exile in 1934 and died by his own hand in Brazil in 1941. Stefen Zweig should not be confused with the German Arnold Zweig, author of the classic WWI novels Education Before Verdun and The Case of Sergeant Griska.

Beware of Pity

Beware of PityBeware of Pity by Stefan Zweig, Phyllis Blewitt, Trevor Blewitt
ISBN: 1590172000
Published by New York Review of Books on June 20th 2006
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological
Pages: 353

Len's Summary: A powerful novel (first published in 1939) by Austrian master writer Zweig who traces the disintegration of an Austro-Hungarian Army officer even as Europe marches toward the 1914-18 cataclysm. At the height of his literary career in the 1920s and 30s, Zweig was one of the most famous writers in the world. Many of his books reflect nostalgia for the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The Return of the Soldier

The Return of the SoldierThe Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
ISBN: 9780141180656
Published by Penguin on June 1st 1998
Genres: Fiction, Classics, Literary
Pages: 90

Len's Summary: A shell shocked British officer returns to his stately upper class English home suffering from amnesia. A view of the shifting nature of the British upper classes after the upheavals of the Great War.

The Air We Breathe

The Air We BreatheThe Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
ISBN: 0393333078
on October 17th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: Story set in 1916 in an Adirondack tuberculosis asylum. America is still at peace, but a well-meaning patient initiates a discussion group which brings The Great War home sparking anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilantism in an isolated rural community.

Sunnyside

SunnysideSunnyside by Glen David Gold
ISBN: 9780307454980
Published by Vintage Books on May 4th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 675

Len's Summary: A rollicking comic novel set on a single day in the winter of 1916; a tale of perversity and misfortune involving, among others, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Elsie Janis.

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You: A Novel

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You: A NovelMy Dear I Wanted to Tell You: A Novel by Louisa Young
ISBN: 0061997153
Published by Harper Perennial on June 26th 2012
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: Centered on a patient with disfiguring facial war wounds being treated the renowned Queen’s Hospital Sidcup.

The Stranger’s Child

The Stranger’s ChildThe Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
ISBN: 0307474348
Published by Vintage on September 4th 2012
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 435

Len's Summary: A novel of British morals and manners spanning the lives of two families from 1913 through the First World War and across the century. The author is a winner of the Man Booker Prize.

Paths of Glory

Paths of GloryPaths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb, James H. Meredith, David Simon
ISBN: 0143106112
Published by Penguin Classics on June 29th 2010
Genres: Fiction, Classics, Literary, War & Military
Pages: 190

Len's Summary: First published in 1935, this provocative novel was made into a 1957 motion picture directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kurt Douglas was nominated for an Academy Award for his leading role as a French infantry colonel ordered to take an impregnable hill. Cobb was war correspondent in France and Belgium and a witness to the German invasion. // Written in the 1930s, this classic WWI novel of the French Army was authored by an American veteran of the Canadian forces. The 1957 movie version directed by Stanley Kubrick and still available on VHS and DVD earned Kurt Douglas an academy award nomination.

The Transylvanian Trilogy: They Were Counted, They Were found Wanting, They Were Divided

The Transylvanian Trilogy: They Were Counted, They Were found Wanting, They Were DividedThe Transylvanian Trilogy: They Were Counted, They Were found Wanting, They Were Divided by Miklos Banffy
ISBN: 9780375712296
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on 2013
Genres: Fiction, Classics, Literary
Pages: 696

Len's Summary: Romantic fiction written by a Hungarian aristocrat and set in the years 1904-1914 examines the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Reprint of a 1990s translation by the author’s daughter and Patrick Thursfeld.

The Great War Reader

The Great War ReaderThe Great War Reader by James Hannah
ISBN: 9780890969441
Published by Texas A&M University Press on 2000
Genres: Literary, Literary Collections, Poetry, World War I
Pages: 504

Len's Summary: An ambitious and entertaining anthology of prose and poetry, fact and fiction about WWI. To order call (800) 826-8911, or e-mail WJL@tampress.tamu.edu.

Anthem for Doomed Youth: Twelve Soldier Poets of the First World War

Anthem for Doomed Youth: Twelve Soldier Poets of the First World WarAnthem for Doomed Youth: Twelve Soldier Poets of the First World War by Jon Stallworthy
ISBN: 1841196355
Published by Constable on December 31st 2002
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, Literary Criticism, Poetry
Pages: 192

Len's Summary: Scrutinizes the lives of a dozen Great War poets.

Hemingway on War

Hemingway on WarHemingway on War by Ernest Hemingway
ISBN: 0743243269
Published by Scribner on November 4th 2003
Genres: Essays, Literary, World War I
Pages: 384

Len's Summary: Includes Great War era short stories and an excerpt from A Farewell to Arms concerning the retreat from Caporetto, as well as Hemingway correspondence on WWI and its aftermath.

Isaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet: A New Life

Isaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet: A New LifeIsaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet: A New Life by Jean Moorcroft Wilson
ISBN: 0810126044
Published by Northwestern University Press on February 9th 2009
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General, Literary
Pages: 504

Len's Summary: Neither a moist-eyed patriot nor a disillusioned veteran, Rosenberg was killed in action with the BEF during the spring of 1918. Also available in paperback from Phoenix (March 2009). Rosenberg’s poems are still in print.

John Galsworthy and disabled soldiers of the Great War

John Galsworthy and disabled soldiers of the Great WarJohn Galsworthy and disabled soldiers of the Great War by Jeffrey S. Reznick
ISBN: 9780719077920
Published by Manchester University Press on March 15th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War II, Biography & Autobiography, Literary, Social Science, People with Disabilities
Pages: 240

Len's Summary: The winner of the 1931 Nobel Prize and author of The Forsyte Saga writes about the care of soldiers disabled by war wounds both physical and psychological. Available in the US in 2010, or immediately from Amazon.co.uk.

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome

The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur RansomeThe Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome by Roland Chambers
ISBN: 9781567924176
Published by David R. Godine on March 2nd 2012
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, History
Pages: 389

Len's Summary: The story of an MI6 agent who lived in Russia and the Baltic States from 1913 to 1922. Ransome is best remembered as the successful author of children’s stories.

Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition, Volume 1: Autobiographies

Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition, Volume 1: AutobiographiesEdward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition, Volume 1: Autobiographies by Guy Cuthbertson
ISBN: 9780199586950
Published by OUP Oxford, Oxford University Press on March 31st 2011
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, Literary Criticism, Poetry, General
Pages: 400

Len's Summary: Best remembered for his poetry which was published posthumously, Thomas (killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917) was appreciated by contemporaries for his prose.

Gabriele d’Annunzio: Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

Gabriele d’Annunzio: Poet, Seducer and Preacher of WarGabriele d’Annunzio: Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
ISBN: 9780307276551
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on May 6th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, History, Poetry, European, Italian
Pages: 608

Len's Summary: Italian irredentist, protofacist, poet and WWI pilot, d’Annunzio led a short-lived 1919 filibustering expedition against Fiume, which had been awarded to Yugoslavia under the Versailles Treaty.

Hemingway, the Red Cross and the Great War

Hemingway, the Red Cross and the Great WarHemingway, the Red Cross, and the Great War by Steven Florczyk
ISBN: 9781606351628
Published by Kent State University Press on November 1st 2013
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, History, Military, World War I, Literary Criticism, American, General
Pages: 199

Len's Summary: Examines the impact of Hemingway’s experiences in WWI on his thinking and writing.

Testament of Youth

Testament of YouthTestament Of Youth by Vera Brittain
ISBN: 0143039237
Published by Victor Gollancz on August 28th 1933
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 688

Len's Summary: Memoir of a V.A.D. nurse who lost several loved ones in combat and became a pacifist and feminist afterwards.