A reader's guide to Edwardian literature by Anthea Trodd

By Anthea Trodd

A survey of the differences of Edwardian writing and the way they healthy into literary and cultural swap. This booklet covers writers akin to Conrad, Forster, Wells, Bennett, Shaw, Kipling, Tressell, Hardy, Yeats and Woolf. Modernists similar to Lawrence and Mansfield also are integrated. the writer combines literary feedback of writing within the Edwardian interval with cultural exams (for instance, she examines imperialism and patriarchy), and units her paintings in an historic context.

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The agent provocateur in the Russian embassy, Mr Vladimir, and the anarchist bomb expert, the Professor, are alike in seeking to force the English into an awareness that they are part of a Europe feverish with political intrigue. Chance and their incompetence defeat them this time, but the novel suggests that this respite may be only temporary. Kipling: Kim By 1901 when Kipling produced his most famous romance, Kim, he was widely known as the major writer of imperialism through several collections of stories, beginning with Plain Tales from the Hills, 1888, and of poems, beginning with Departmental Ditties, 1886, and the children's book, The Jungle Book, 1894.

Two publishing ventures launched in this period offered clear outlines of a canon of English literature to a wide audience. The World's Classics series, founded in 1901 and taken over by Oxford University Press in 1905, and the Everyman's Library, launched by Dent in 1906, defined the works they published as classics to the new reading generation. The Times Literary Supplement first appeared in 1902, providing a journal in which the claims of particular works to status within the tradition could be assessed.

8 Lang offered a gendered interpretation of genres in which the new masculine romance superseded feminine realism. His frequent references to Huckleberry Finn evoked an impression of male readers of the period as so many Huck Finns, longing to light out for new territories and escape Aunt Sally. 10 The Whirlpool portrayed an England dangerously feminised and decadent, and imagined a possible revolt towards manliness in a literature addressed specifically to male readers. Around the turn of the century the ceremonials of empire accumulated, inviting mass participation in the idea of empire.

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