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Comment on Rose Allatini and ‘romance novels’ by Tom Deveson

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:41:49 +0000

So much thought and interest there, George - thank you!

Comment on More pictures by truditate2014

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:26:27 +0000

Re. Fry and Keynes: perhaps write to the Archivist at King's College, Cambridge, as a lot of Keynes and related material is held there.

Comment on Henry Carr, and the history behind ‘Travesties’ by “It’s such a good idea, you can never live up to it” – Tom Stoppard on writing #TravestiesBway | Team Hollander

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:58:49 +0000

[…] article Travesties: the Henry Carr trouser saga and George Simmers’ Great War Fiction blog on Henry Carr, and the history behind ‘Travesties’ which includes a link Henry Carr’s war / medical record (now digitised and […]

Comment on ‘Bartimeus’ by Phil Hollington

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:02:35 +0000

I’ve only read one of his stories “Of human valour” about a young woman, and old salt and a simple young man who go to Dunkirk. It is in a collection “Best stories of the Navy” given by by grandfather, himself ex-navy, to my father when he joined the RN in 1941. A lovely, moving story.

Comment on Seven Pillars by Jonathan

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:44:59 +0000

True, but don't forget the 1926 abridged subscribers edition (which was the version re-published in the 1930s) or the further abridged Revolt in the Desert, from 1927.

Comment on White Feathers : Stories of Courage, Recruitment and Gender at the start of the Great War by Peter Hicks

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 13:52:22 +0000

In Alan Sillitoe's splendid history of his family in the context of the Great War -'Raw Material' you find the following on pp.119-120 (Star edition, 1978): "All sorts of tricks and pressures were employed to get men into the army in the two years before conscription came. Those of a certain class who did not hurry to join up finally capitulated when nanny met them in the street and handed them a white feather for cowardice. My Uncle Frederick, who said that this became quite common, was offered one on the top deck of a tram by an elderly woman. Instead of blushing with shame he gave her a violent push: 'Leave me alone, you filthy minded old butcher!' Then he made his way off the tram expecting to be pursued by howls of 'universal execration' from other passengers, but they were embarrassed and silent, so that he walked down the steps unmolested. This nanny appeared to have mistaken him for some type he clearly was not. They seemed determined, he told me, to get their revenge on those young gentleman whom they had been forced to spoil and mollycoddle as infants. They also possessed more than a residue of spite against the parents they had been bullied by, and retaliated now by hurrying their pet sons into the trenches - or any sons they could get their hands on, for that matter. It was one more example, he added, of how war puts the final touch of degredation on certain people to whom it has already got a fair grip. Not that this was meant to malign women. Far from it. Men did the fighting, after all. In war it is the worst of a country that persuades the best men to die...He thought it was a case of the old wanting their revenge against the young". ('Raw Material' was originally published by WH Allen & Co.)

Comment on Seven Pillars by Steve Paradis

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:52:22 +0000

Thurber's "Greatest man In The World" shows that even by 1931 a lot of people in the know were wise to the celebrity industry.

Comment on Seven Pillars by George Simmers

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:56:24 +0000

Thanks for the reference. I shall take a look. What I'd really like to know is - How much scepticism was there about Lawrence before Richard Aldington launched his attack in the fifties?

Comment on Seven Pillars by Roger

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:53:42 +0000

Seven Pillars of Wisdom was only published - except in a very small limited edition - in July 1935, after Lawrence's death, so when Melville was writing the book there was probably quite a lot of interest in it and unexpected people - like Hedley Verity - may have tried to read it.

Comment on Seven Pillars by Edmund King

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:50:05 +0000

Sorry: for "in," read "of" in the final sentence there.