Only about a year after the horrors of World War I, England was doing its best to reestablish itself as a seat of cultural and artistic value. Many journals and magazines ran new poetry and stories that were meant to relive war time or move on from it, but nearly everything seemed to be colored by the sights that the surviving young men had seen in the trenches. In November of 1919, A. E. Coppard published a short story in the Voices of Poetry and Prose magazine—a magazine that was meant to help readers recover from the war through new, powerful literature—and though his story contains little of the common war imagery, through its use of color, “The Princess of Kingdom Gone” displays the universal grieving process and offers hope for the future of individual lives, as well as the life of the country as a whole.
Sterrett, Sydney, "Grief and Color in A. E. Coppard’s “The Princess of Kingdom Gone”" (2019). Modernist Short Story Project. 16.