Wartime and Aftermath

Wartime and Aftermath : English Literature and Its Background, 1939-60

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This new survey of the writers of the wartime and postwar period reveals how literature in Britain was affected by the most devastating war in history, how it engaged with public events and private feelings during the fighting and throughout the long aftermath of recovery. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, Bernard Bergonzi discusses the work of such writers as Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Evelyn Waugh, and Joyce Cary, and the immense popularity of T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, and other poets during the war years. He also provides a full examination of the new literary figures who emerged in the wake of the conflict, including Angus Wilson, Philip Larkin, Iris Murdoch, and William Golding.show more

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  • Paperback | 239 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 240g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192892223
  • 9780192892225

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Blackout to blitz; writers on an island; poets at home and abroad; the wake of war; sequences; anger and the empirical temper; the myth kitty; contrary voices; into the sixties.show more

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"Will satisfy the need for a bird's eye view of the period and its authors."--Choice"It is well organized, clearly written, and tells the reader a good deal about the two decades...[Bergonzi] is generously inclusive and eclectic....This is a readable and informative book, completed with a chronological list of events and publications, and a modest but useful bibliography."--Yesshow more

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