Reflections Upon War and Death

by Jessica Technow The declaration of World War I in 1914 marked the beginning of an era which to this day has had lasting effects on humanity. New technologies changed the face of warfare and, for the first time, trenches were the main method utilized in military strategy. On the home front, civilians became engrossed… Continue Reading Reflections Upon War and Death

The Voyage Out

by Anthony Domestico Virginia Woolf began her first novel sometime during the summer of 1906 or the fall of 1907, and did not finish it until nearly nine years later in the first year of World War I on March 26, 1915.[1] Originally entitled “Melymbrosia,” the work underwent a number of technical and thematic changes… Continue Reading The Voyage Out

Pointed Roofs

by Sam Alexander Often credited as the first stream-of-consciousness novel in English, Dorothy Richardson‘s Pointed Roofs (1915) is the first of thirteen books comprising Pilgrimage, a multi-volume novel to which Richardson devoted herself until her death in 1957. Pilgrimage follows the life of its protagonist, Miriam Henderson, from March 1893 through the autumn of 1912,… Continue Reading Pointed Roofs


by Andrew Karas In 1915, Ezra Pound published a slim volume of poems which he called Cathay and which contained, according to its title page, “translations by Ezra Pound for the most part from the Chinese of Rihaku.” Yet in writing the poems contained in Cathay, Pound set out to do much more than transcribe… Continue Reading Cathay

The Rainbow

By Natalie Prizel and Steven Hobbs D.H. Lawrence drafted The Rainbow, originally titled “The Sisters,” from March 1913 to September 1915. At first, he worked on two other novels simultaneously while traveling with his new wife, Frieda—a woman six years his senior.[2] Eventually, he jettisoned these two narratives—one after writing over two hundred pages—because he felt… Continue Reading The Rainbow

The Good Soldier

by Pericles Lewis In Ford Madox Ford‘s The Good Soldier (1915), the narrator, John Dowell, tells the story of his marriage, from 1904, when he and his wife Florence met Edward Ashburnham (the good soldier of the title) to 1913, when Ashburnham’s affair with Florence has been revealed and both Ashburnham and Florence have committed… Continue Reading The Good Soldier

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

In “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915), a poem T.S. Eliot had drafted by the age of 23, he adopted the voice of a weary middle-aged man, or indeed a damned soul from Dante’s Inferno. The balding Prufrock finds in an appointment for tea with some fashionable ladies the occasion for existential suffering.… Continue Reading The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock