The War Prayer
Illustrated By: John Groth
The War Prayer  -     By: Mark Twain
    Illustrated By: John Groth
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The War Prayer

Illustrated By: John Groth
Harper Perennial / 1984 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1984
Dimensions: 8.02 X 5.32 X 0.24 (inches)
ISBN: 0060911131
ISBN-13: 9780060911133

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Written by Mark Twain during the Philippine-American War in the first decade of the twentieth century, The War Prayer tells of a patriotic church service held to send the town's young men off to war. During the service, a stranger enters and addresses the gathering. He tells the patriotic crowd that their prayers for victory are double-edged-by praying for victory they are also praying for the destruction of the enemy... for the destruction of human life.

Originally rejected for publication in 1905 as "not quite suited to a woman's magazine," this antiwar parable remained unpublished until 1923, when Twain's literary executor collected it in the volume Europe and Elsewhere. Handsomely illustrated by the artist and war correspondent Philip Groth, The War Prayer remains a relevant classic by an American icon.

Author Bio

Mark Twain, who was born Samuel L. Clemens in Missouri in 1835, wrote some of the most enduring works of literature in the English language, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc was his last completed book—and, by his own estimate, his best. Its acquisition by Harper & Brothers allowed Twain to stave off bankruptcy. He died in 1910. 

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