Ellen Glasgow: “That killed how many? how many?”

For peace, against war: literary selections


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Ellen Glasgow: The Altar of the War God

Ellen Glasgow: His vision of the future only an endless warfare and a wasted land

Ellen Glasgow: The Reign of the Brute

Ellen Glasgow: Then the rows of dead men stared at him through the falling rain in the deserted field


Ellen Glasgow
From The Battle Ground (1902)


In the adjoining room she saw her mother sitting in a square of sunlight with her open Bible on her knees.

“Oh, speak, mamma!” she called half angrily. “Move, do anything but sit so still. I can’t bear it!” She caught her breath sharply, for with her words a low sound like distant thunder filled the room and the little street outside. As she clung with both hands to the window it seemed to her that a…

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