Commonweal regularly published fiction from the 1920s into the 1950s, including work by Graham Greene and an entire novella by Evelyn Waugh, “Love among the Ruins” (July 31, 1953). Waugh’s own delicate line-drawings were even used to illustrate the text. Why the magazine more or less stopped publishing short stories is not entirely clear, but presumably the decision had something to do with the quality of material available. Today it is much remarked on that...

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