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Auden Generation: Literature and Politics in England in the 1930's
by Samuel Hynes
This is a study of a literary generation writing in a period of expanding fears and ever more urgent political and social crises. The pace of the time itself, the sense of time passing and an end approaching gave a special quality to the Thirties. The public world pressed insistently on the private world. For those who came of literary age - Auden, Day Lewis, MacNeice, Spe ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published November 1st 1982 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1976)
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There's much talk now comparing the current nationalist political scene to Europe in the 30's but that talk doesn't center on the literary response to these dictatorial right wing events. Reading Samuel Hynes' study - which is valuable on its own at anytime - is an even more valuable exercise today. The General Election results of 1931 swept in a long lasting conservative majority, the book burnings and anti-"decadent" art programs have their parallels with the US and elsewhere in 2017. Against ...more
A well written literary history of a decade that saw writers fight politically and sometimes in war zones as well as the end which was a mourning of the loss of so much idealism with the rise of Hitler. It added about 5 more books to my collection, it also enhanced my all ready deep admiration for Auden, Isherwood, Spender, Day-Lewis, MacNiece and others of that generation.