The War Prayer

Written by Mark Twain around 1904-05, the short story The War Prayer wasn’t published until 1916, six years after his death. Faced with opposition from family and friends who feared it might be taken as sacrilegious and unpatriotic, Twain himself refused to publish it saying, “No, I have told the whole truth in that, and only dead men can tell the truth in this world. It can be published after I am dead.”

In April 2007, journalist and Washington Monthly president Markos Kounalakis directed and produced an animated short film based on Twain’s piece, also entitled “The War Prayer.” Narrated by Peter Coyote, it features Lawrence Ferlinghetti as the Minister, and Eric Bauersfeld as the Stranger.



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