Christopher Caudwell


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(pseudonym of Christopher St John Sprigg) (1907–37),

Marxist literary critic. He published poems, novels and many books on aircraft, but is known for his critical works Illusion and Reality (1937) and Studies in a Dying Culture (1938). These attempted to define a Marxist theory of art and called on writers of the thirties to commit themselves to the culture of the revolutionary proletariat. He was killed in the Spanish Civil War. (See Marxist Literary Criticism.)

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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