John Galsworthy and disabled soldiers of the Great War

with an illustrated selection of his writings

By Jeffrey Reznick

John Galsworthy and disabled soldiers of the Great War


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9675-4
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: December 2014
  • BIC Category: c 1910 to c 1919, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General, HISTORY / Military / World War II, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Humanities / First World War, History, Second World War, First World War
  • Series: Cultural History of Modern War


John Galsworthy - recipient of the 1932 Nobel Prize for literature - was one of the best-selling authors of the twentieth century. His literary reputation overshadows what he achieved during the Great War, which was his humanitarian support for and his compositions about soldiers disabled in the conflict.

John Galsworthy and disabled soldiers of the Great War represents the most comprehensive study published to date about this literature of the 'war to end all wars'. It makes available for the first time in a single edition the most significant of his compositions about disabled soldiers, recovering them from scholarly neglect, examining their value as historical documents and connecting them to iconic images and artifacts of the period.

This study will be of interest to a wide academic audience, to readers interested in the history of the Great War, to policymakers associated with veterans' issues, and to medical professionals in the fields of physical medicine and rehabilitation.


Jeffrey S. Reznick is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Modern History of the University of Birmingham, a member of Birmingham's Centre for First World War Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


List of illustrations
John Galsworthy and the Great War: Rediscovery and reappraisal

PART I - Non-fiction
1. Foreword to The Queen's gift book in aid of Queen Mary's convalescent auxiliary hospitals for soldiers and sailors who have lost their limb in the war
2. Totally disabled
3. For the maimed - now!
4. Remade or marred: A great national duty
5. The need for reality
6. Kitchener Houses: Occupation and convalescence
7. The sacred work
8. The gist of the matter
9. Looking ahead
10. Spirit and letter
PART II - Fiction
At home in England
11. The recruit
12. Heritage
13. Addresses some soldiers on their future at Hôpital Bénévole in France
14. Flotsam and Jetsam: A reminiscence
15. 'Cafard'
16. Poirot and Bidan: A recollection
Selected chronology, 1914-1933
Selected bibliography

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