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Officials and Genteel-men

Owen Dudley Edwards

in British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780748616510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653621 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616510.003.0005
Officials and Genteel-men

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This chapter looks at the crisis in the status of children's fiction in Britain during the Second World War. It discusses the compensation of wartime bereavement of deprivation of necessities, and observes that most of the revolutionary elements in Britain's popular culture in 1940 had little to no identification with the USSR (or until the Grand Alliance was formed in 1941–2). The chapter also designates Graham's Puffin Story Books as one of the greatest series for children in human history, and as serving as one of Britain's achievements in the Second World War.

Keywords: children's fiction; wartime bereavement; deprivation of necessities; revolutionary elements; popular culture; Grand Alliance; Puffin Story Books

Chapter.  26313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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