By Janet Montefiore
Women and men Writers of the Nineteen Thirties is a looking out critique of the problems of reminiscence and gender in this dynamic decade. Montefiore asks precept questions; what half does reminiscence play within the political literature of and approximately Nineteen Thirties Britain? And what have been the jobs of ladies, either as writers and as signifying gadgets in developing that literature? Montefiore's topical research of Thirties mass unemployment, fascist uprise and 'appeasement' is shockingly correct in society this day. problems with classification, anti-fascist historic novels, put up struggle memoirs of 'Auden new release' writers and ignored girls poets are mentioned at size. Writers comprise: * George Orwell * Virginia Woolf * W.H. Auden * typhoon Jameson * Jean Rhys * Rebecca West
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But in the last analysis, what matters is achievement, not motive (p. 344): I refuse to regret the energy spent writing polemics against war and fascism. Still less the energy given to helping a few, too few, men and women to escape the hell of German concentration camps, and then to keep them alive. Nothing in me is fiercer…than my loathing of the cruelty that issued in Auschwitz, except the sense that exile is only the human condition pushed to its farthest limit. These images have burned me to the bone.
Yet between 1930 and 1939, the publishing houses Chatto and Windus, Gollancz, Wishart, Jonathan Cape, Hamish Hamilton, Macmillan and John Murray all published important women writers, while the literary magazines included reviews of women’s fiction, poetry, autobiography and documentary writing throughout the 1930s—facts which have somehow passed unnoticed by the literary historians. 50 The claim to represent the consciousness of their generation is central to the work of Spender and Isherwood both in and after the 1930s.
47 Why, then, has this galaxy of female talent remained invisible to almost all historians’ telescopes? Sexual prejudice is an obvious explanation—and, up to a point, convincing. 48 On the other hand, there is no sign of misogynism in the notably fair-minded Samuel Hynes (who, incidentally, edited an anthology of Rebecca West’s writings in 1977: a decision which does not suggest a dislike of feminism). And it is difficult, to say the least, to think of Virginia Woolf as prejudiced against women writers.
Men and Women Writers of the 1930s: The Dangerous Flood of History by Janet Montefiore