Reading and the First World War

Readers, Texts, Archives

  • Shafquat Towheed
  • Edmund G. C. King

Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Shafquat Towheed, Edmund G. C. King
      Pages 1-25
  3. Reading and the Formation of the Literary Canon

  4. Writers’ Reading and Responses Ford Madox Ford and Edith Wharton

  5. Reading and the Masses: America and Italy

  6. Reading and National Identity: Australian Soldiers’ Reading at the Front

  7. Reading and Group Identity: War Artists and Conscientious Objectors

  8. Reading the News: Newspapers in Belgium, France and Germany

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 242-266

About this book


Ranging from soldiers reading newspapers at the front to authors' responses to the war, this book sheds new light on the reading habits and preferences of men and women, combatants and civilians, during the First World War. This is the first study of the conflict from the perspective of readers.


Europe First World War novel

Editors and affiliations

  • Shafquat Towheed
    • 1
  • Edmund G. C. King
    • 1
  1. 1.The Open UniversityUK

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