Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War

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Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War
Author Helen Zenna Smith (Evadne Price)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre War-fiction, feminist fiction
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 300
ISBN 093531282X
OCLC 18741174
Followed by
  • Women of the Aftermath (1931)
  • Shadow Women (1932)
  • Luxury Ladies (1933)
  • They Lived with Me (1934)

Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War was published in 1930 by Evadne Price, using the pseudonym Helen Zenna Smith. The semi-biographical account of an ambulance driver provides female insight to the horrors of World War I. Not So Quiet criticises nationalism, masculinity in women, and the social, physical, and psychological effects of the war upon England's youth.

Price was originally asked by her publisher to compose a spoof of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Instead, she wrote a serious work, based on the (now lost) diaries of Winifred Young, who served in France during the war as an ambulance driver.[1]


In October 1930, a play based on the book opened at the Empire Theatre on Broadway. It was directed by Chester Erskine with Katharine Alexander playing a calloused and disillusioned ambulance driver, and Warren William physiologically damaged officer. The two fall in love, in an ultimately doomed relationship. The production was only modestly successful as the start of the Great Depression made audiences prefer lighter, more diverting entertainment.[2]


  1. ^ Kingsbury, Celia (2004). Deats, Sara; Lenker, Lagrett; Perry, Merry, eds. War And Words: Horror And Heroism In The Literature Of Warfare. Lexington Books. p. 236. ISBN 0739105795.
  2. ^ Stangeland, John (2010). Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood. McFarland. p. 82. ISBN 0786448784.