Beware the British Serpent: The Role of Writers in British Propaganda in the United States, 1939-1945

Beware the British Serpent: The Role of Writers in British Propaganda in the United States, 1939-1945

by Robert L. Calder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773526889

ISBN-13: 9780773526884

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press

"The popular writer in war-time—or any period of social convulsion—comes into his own," Graham Greene wrote in 1941. "He knows how to speak to people who are not interested in aesthetic problems." Green's post-Blitz analysis could serve as an epigraph to Calder's study of the history of the literature produced by British authors, both well-known and

Overview

"The popular writer in war-time—or any period of social convulsion—comes into his own," Graham Greene wrote in 1941. "He knows how to speak to people who are not interested in aesthetic problems." Green's post-Blitz analysis could serve as an epigraph to Calder's study of the history of the literature produced by British authors, both well-known and otherwise, as part of a concerted campaign to draw an isolationist US into the war. Using newly available archival material, Calder (English, U. of Saskatchewan) shows that authors who toured, spoke, wrote, and lived in the US played a more significant role than previously understood in Britain's propaganda efforts. He looks at their words in nonfiction, fiction, poetry, radio, and film. Distributed in the US by Cornell U. Press Services. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773526884
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Illustrationsxv
1The Yanks Aren't Coming: American Isolationism3
2The Strangling Old School Tie: Anglophobia in the United States21
3The Magic of the Word: Mobilizing Authors for War39
4Making the War Seem Personal: British Authors in the United States56
5Uncoordinated Observations89
6One God-Damned Thing after Another116
7A Sad Story of Official Duplicity134
8Unheralded Ambassadors from England: British Non-Fiction Propaganda151
9Thrilling and Dramatic Fiction: British Propaganda in Fiction and Poetry181
10A Friendly Intruder in a Non-Belligerent World: Writers in British Radio Propaganda205
11The Most Gigantic Engines of Propaganda: British Writers and Film Propaganda239
Conclusion259
Notes263
Bibliography289
Index301

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