|War Prayer, the (1923) [Short Story]|
by Mark Twain
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(From the publisher):
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Originally rejected for publication in 1905 as "not quite suited to a woman's magazine," this antiwar parable remained unpublished until 1923, when Twain's literary executor collected it in the volume Europe and Elsewhere.
Original title: The War Prayer
Genre: Poetry→ Prose Poems
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor→ Satire