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The Thirties: A Dream Revolved

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Julian Symons here presents a unique view of the 1930s. Rejecting the standard historical line, he instead examines the decade as an artistic movement using sources as diverse as the 'Communist Daily Worker' and the 'Fascist Action' together with a wealth of contemporary prose and poetry. His sympathetic treatment of the material allows a picture of the hopes and ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by House of Stratus (first published December 31st 1973)
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Steve Dewey
Julian Symons is perhaps best known as a crime writer. He also wrote poetry, social and military history, biography, literary criticism ... He was a prolific, as a glance at his Wikipedia page will testify.

This book looks at the role of the arts - particularly literature, and particularly Auden, in the decade of the 1930s. Symons also discusses political movements - particularly of the left - and their connections to those artistic currents.

My knowledge of Thirties literature - particularly
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These lines, quoted late in the book from a poem by Cecil Day-Lewis, provide a fitting summation of the book:

It is the logic of our times,
No subject for immortal verse,
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse.
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Julian Gustave Symons is primarily remembered as a master of the art of crime writing. However, in his eighty-two years he produced an enormously varied body of work. Social and military history, biography and criticism were all subjects he touched upon with remarkable success, and he held a distinguished reputation in each field.

His novels were consistently highly individual and expertly crafted,