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A Very Great Profession : The Womans' Novel 1914 -39 (Revised ed)

By: Beauman, Nicola

1903155681 / 9781903155684
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United Kingdom
138 x 192 mm 408 pages
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'This most welcome reissue must be one of the most compelling and perceptive books of informal literary criticism ever produced,' wrote the critic Elizabeth Young when "A Very Great Profession: The Woman's Novel 1914-39", first published in 1983, was reprinted a few years later.

She went on: 'Ranging through a variety of themes such as the Great War, the servant problem, psycho-analysis, sexuality and feminism, Nicola Beauman examines their effects upon the characters created by authors as diverse as Virginia Woolf, EM Delafield and Elinor Glyn.

An astute critic, she produces an unforgettable picture of the lives of middle-class women during this period (inspired, she says, by "Brief Encounter").'


2AB English, 3JJF c 1914 to c 1918 (including WW1) , 3JJG c 1918 to c 1939 (Inter-war period), DSBH Literary studies: from c 1900 -, DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women

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