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An appalling apocalypse came upon all life and therefore upon all literature’ G.K.Chesterton. The ‘apocalypse’ brought a new vision of the world and new writers to describe the vision. It was not surprising to find Galsworthy, Wells and Bennett still in fashion but the literary scene was no longer the preserve of the well educated middle class. The effect of Lawrence, Conrad, Tressell [albeit posthumously and with just one work] and their like ensured that the disadvantaged themselves would start to fight their own battles with the 'pen that is mightier than the sword’. W.H. Davies, with the backing of George Bernard Shaw, was among the first to break the mould.
It was an England of changing perceptions of sexual roles, the class system and the way that people saw themselves changing in a very transitory world. Strangely enough this ‘identity crisis’ was largely brought about by Irish writers, two in particular. George Bernard Shaws ‘New Man’ as well as being the protagonist in much of his drama was also Shaw himself - supporter of voting rights, education for all, income equality, abolishment of property rights. The prefaces to his plays were little short of political pamphlets. Radically anti war, his plays examined mans thoughts and his beliefs. Truly a writer fit for his time.
James Joyce was a true European. His revolutionary Ulysses was the start of Modernism in the novel and the move towards a stream of consciousness approach as opposed to a solid narrative structure.English artistic conventions were being rocked to the core and here was Lawrence, son of a miner, writing about the sexual angst of men and women. England would no longer be the land of our forefathers-for good or ill. ‘ A mirror up to nature’ it may be but what power literature has!
Walter Herries establishes himself in Keswick and builds an imposing
property overlooking Uldale, further encroaching upon the peaceful
lives of Jennifer and the children. Adam resolves to pursue a career
in London, much to his mother’s displeasure. He meets the Chartist
Vanessa Paris is besotted with Benji. Despite returning her all consuming passion
Benji will not commit himself to marriage because he fears he can never remain
constant. Benjis actions finally prompt Vanessa to leave Cumbria and seek a life
in London. She stays with the ever persistent …
'All four volumes of the epic saga by Hugh Walpole which spans three centuries of the Herries family involving feuds,adventure, drama,love, lust ,murder, sin, sex and love as the heroes and villains rampage through history in Cumbria and London. 'Magnificent theatre' to which 'Joyce …
Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War Sir Edward Leithen is told that he has but one year left to live. He relinquishes his law practice and resigns from public office in order to make peace with himself and achieve a reconciliation with his Maker.
However, he also wants to die standi…
An enthusiastic, committed but naïve priest, Peter Graham, leaves his fiancée Hilda to serve as chaplain in France during World War 1. He is rapidly made aware of the British ‘tommies’ total indifference to what he has to offer. Also, war has cheapened life and subsequently affected the office…
A couple of years before I was born, the German people, in
what turned out to be a poor decision, allowed Hindenburg,
a fat man with a big moustache – to make Adolf Hitler, a thin man with a small moustache – their Chancellor. And so, in 1941, as part of his manifesto pledges regarding world d…