British Writers of the Thirties

British Writers of the Thirties

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This wide-ranging study of British writers and poets of the 1930s--including Auden, Isherwood, Spender, Waugh, and Greene-- examines the masterpieces of that momentous decade, not in linguistic isolation, but in the contexts--social, political, historical, ideological, and personal--in which they were composed. Cunningham maps out the dominant images and concerns, nothing less than the central obsessions and imposing images of the '30s imagination. He analyzes the obsession with violence, the "destructive element" of post-World War consciousness; the cult of youth, of schools and schoolmasters; the infatuation with heroes--flyers, mountaineers, and racing car drivers--and the related concern about "being small," weak, or neurotic in an age of mass politics. In order to illustrate this kaleidoscope of themes, Cunningham examines not only the canonical texts, but also "minor" forms and writings, including detective stories, films, and popular songs, showing how these neglected genres also illuminate the work of this more

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  • Paperback | 532 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 38mm | 780.17g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192826557
  • 9780192826558

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Thick with one's spittle; vin rouge audinaire?; destructive elements; in the cage; too old at forty; high failure; going over; notes from the underground; movements of masses; mass observations; seedy margins; somewhere the good place?; Spanish front; too innocent a more

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