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Mar 2011
The War Prayer, by Mark Twain
Posted in Sardonic Words, Classic by misternizz at 10:51 pm

The War Prayer is my favorite shorter fiction piece by Mr. Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, distinguished man of letters and literary giant of the 19th century.  The War Prayer was written quite late in his life, circa 1905.  The piece was written in protest of the American-Phillipine War, which Twain opposed, and did not see print in his lifetime.  Biting and caustic, The War Prayer is as powerful today as it was when it was written.  I hope I have done justice to it here.

Mark Twain

Music by John Phillip Sousa and his band, from original Edison wax cylinders. Performed the year the piece was written.


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