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ID
a10
Title
The Hessian Prisoner
Genre
Story
Page Count
48
Word Count
6770
Publisher
Fortnightly Review
Publication Year
1930
Topics
War, Youth

London: William Jackson Ltd., 1930 (No. 2 of the Furnival Books). Foreword by Edward Garnett (attached). Drawing by John Austen.

In The Vanished World (95) Bates writes of a German prisoner-of-war who assisted a local farmer in 1916; "I taught him a few rudimentary words of English. Perhaps it isn't altogether odd that I should remember Johann with such clarity and some affection, since I have over and over again been convinced that this young fair pawn, one of millions moved remorselessly hither and thither in a bloody game of chess, sowed in my mind the first of my doubts on war's futilities. We all grew very fond of Johann and he of us." Johann in this story is a lively, humorous, and strong young man who misses his mother and homeland, quickly melts the distrust of his aged English "masters," and becomes loved by them as a son. Reviews: Times Literary Supplement (March 27, 1930, p. 268, Orlo Williams, attached). Also in The Black Boxer Tales(1932),Thirty Tales(1934), The Bride Comes to Evensford and Other Tales (1949). Reprinted in Fortnightly Review (March 1931), The Furnival Book of Short Stories (1932).


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