Synopses & Reviews
This accessible new survey of British writers since 1939 reveals how literature in Britain was affected by the most devastating war in history, and 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, one of Britain's leading critics, discusses the work of such writers as Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Evelyn Waugh, Joyce Cary, T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Angus Wilson, Philip Larkin, Iris Murdoch, and William Golding. Written for general readers as well as for students of literature and history, this perceptive study provides a readable and informative introduction to the literature of modern Britain.
"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."--Yes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-223) and index.