Fiction based on World War I

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Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front

World War I was never quite so fertile a topic as World War II for American fiction, but there were nevertheless a large number of fictional works created about it in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Many war novels, however, have fallen out of print since their original. Numerous scholarly studies have covered the major fictional authors and writings.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


By participants[edit]

With primary emphasis on the war[edit]

With the war as context or background[edit]

•"Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes" (Ginger Monette) •"Darcy's Hope at Donwell Abbey" (Ginger Monette)


Video games[edit]

Genres Influenced by World War I[edit]

Several entire genres grew out of the disillusionment and disappointment of World War I. The hard-boiled detective novels of the 1920s featured bitter veteran protagonists. The horror stories of H. P. Lovecraft after the war showed a new sense of nihilism and despair in the face of an uncaring, chaotic cosmos, very unlike his more conventional horror before the war.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Holger Michael Klein, The First World War in fiction: A collection of critical essays (1977).
  2. ^ John Onions, and Paula Loscocco, English Fiction and Drama of the Great War, 1918–39 (Springer, 1990).
  3. ^ John Cruickshank, Variations on catastrophe: some French responses to the Great War (1982).
  4. ^ Susanne Christine Puissant, Irony and the poetry of the First World War (2009).
  5. ^ Catherine O'Brien, Women's fictional responses to the First World War: a comparative study of selected texts by French and German writers (1997).
  6. ^ Erika Quinn, "Love and loss, marriage and mourning: World War One in German home front novels." First World War Studies 5.2 (2014): 233-250.
  7. ^ Wen Zhou, and Ping Liu. "The First World War and the Rise of Modern American Novel: A Survey of the Critical Heritage of American WWI Writing in the 20th Century." Journal of Cambridge Studies (2011) 6#2 116-30. online
  8. ^ C. Tylee, The Great War and Women’s Consciousness: Images of Militarism and Womanhood in Women’s Writings, 1914-1964 (1990)