In 1907, Dhanpat Rai, who later adopted the pen name Premchand, published his first collection of short stories, entitled Soz-e-Watan. These stories were "full of patriotic fervour" (Mahmud, page 129). According to Wikipedia,
[around 1909], Soz-e-Watan was noticed by the British Government officials, who banned it as a seditious work. James Samuel Stevenson, the British collector of Hamirpur district ordered a raid on Premchand's house, where around five hundred copies of Soz-e-Watan were burnt.
According to the introduction to an English translation of Premchand's novel Godan,
Soz-e-Watan, a collection of five patriotic stories published in 1909, was banned by the British and all its copies publicly burnt before their author. Premchand was forbidden to write anything without the permission of the District Collector.
After this, Dhanpat Rai adopted the pen name Premchand. (A few years later, he would also switch from Urdu to Hindi as the language of choice for his fiction.) Notice, however, that the publication date of the collection is here given as 1909 instead of 1907. Because of this inaccuracy in either Wikipedia or the above excerpt, I wonder if really all copies of the short-story collection were lost. For example, a manuscript that was sent to the publisher might have survived, unless the British did a really thorough job and destroyed that text as well. So is the text of Premchand's first short-story collection completely lost?