In the course of my research for the short story and the first world war i found short stories about the war to be moving sad wildly comical both intentionally and unintentionally so bizarre and most of all unexpected. The first world war inspired established authors soldiers combat nurses and grieving family members to write about the horrors and devastating losses they experienced heres a selection of poems shorts stories and books about the wars raw brutality in contrast with patriotic verses and platitudes. Th e poetry of the first world war has come to dominate our understanding of its literature while genres such as the short story which are just as vital to the literary heritage of the era have largely. The first world war was a watershed in world history tragic but far from futile its origins events and legacy have roused impassioned debate creating multiple interpretations and confusion for those encountering the period for the first time. The penguin book of first world war stories penguin classics ann marie einhaus is working on a phd thesis on the british short story of world war i in the light of british cultural memory and has previously treated the first world war for her ma thesis on womens great war poetry
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