Blokes: The Bad Boys of British Literature

Overview

They came from unpromising places and unglamorous backgrounds. They crashed the Establishment party in one generation, raided the citadels of culture, and brought their idioms, ideas, and passions to the center of British life. The blokes were writers who revitalized British drama, fiction, poetry, and criticism. When Britain was in the economic doldrums, when its supply of great authors was dwindling after World War II, they rebuilt a world-class reputation. Between the early ...

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Overview

They came from unpromising places and unglamorous backgrounds. They crashed the Establishment party in one generation, raided the citadels of culture, and brought their idioms, ideas, and passions to the center of British life. The blokes were writers who revitalized British drama, fiction, poetry, and criticism. When Britain was in the economic doldrums, when its supply of great authors was dwindling after World War II, they rebuilt a world-class reputation. Between the early 1950s and the early 1970s, Britain had a great transformation.

This book is the story, told in a series of profiles and of New Britannia. The cast of characters includes playwrights John Osborne and Arnold Wesker, novelist Kingsley Amis, critic Kenneth Tynan, poet Philip Larkin, fiction writer Alan Sillitoe, plus lesser-known figures such as John Braine, David Storey, Stan Barstow, Keith Waterhouse, and Shelagh Delaney. Commentators customarily label them "angry young men" (from a remark by a British jourbanalist), but actually anger is not quite right. Essentially, they were restless, bored with the same old British way of life, and eager to break with social conventions.

The central focus of this book is how these writers, and others, transformed the British literary world—how they worked with the materials of their own backgrounds—the class system, tradition, and artistic convention—to make new art.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826428325
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


David Castronovo was the acclaimed author of Edmund Wilson , Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit, Critic in Love, The English Gentleman and many others.
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Table of Contents

1 The Bloke: A Very Short Literary History 1

2 Philip Larkin 25

3 Kingsley Amis 52

4 John Osborne 80

5 Kenneth Tynan 107

6 Getting Their Own Back 132

7 Literary Love, Circa 1960 158

8 The Bloke's Progress 170

Author's Note 187

Index 191

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