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:

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This chapter shows how children were able to ignore the effects of the war by losing themselves in stories by Enid Blyton, and looks at the last Biggles story of the first batch, which relates the capture of Biggles by German soldiers. From here, it shifts to the decline of war fiction after the Second World War, although there were several references to the war in weeklies and magazines, and notes that the genre of war was revived in movies such as His Affair. The chapter discusses violence in children's comics and their books, which was deepened by the war, and reveals the decrease in reprints of children's books over the war years and the increase i the publishing of original books for children. Finally, it considers the post-war effect on the children's book industry.

Keywords: war fiction; effects of war; violence; children's comics; reprints; original books; post-war effect; children's book industry

Chapter.  29742 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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