Category Archives: Alan’s 20th Century Books

JANE AUSTEN’S ENGLAND (F)

This is essay is number six, in a series of twelve, about places associated with Jane Austen, although it does not claim to be a definitive gazeteer. F. THE WARWICKSHIRE AVON AND THE COTSWOLDS Given that Jane Austen (1775 – … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE NINTH DECADE 1981 – 1990

A big thank you to Alan Mason for the latest ‘decade ‘ in his twentieth century writing collection. THE EIGHTIES For the people of Britain, the optimism which marked the sixties, declined during the seventies, culminating in “the winter of discontent” … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE EIGHTH DECADE 1971 – 1980

Thanks to Alan Mason for this, the latest in his collection of favourite works of twentieth century writing. THE SEVENTIES The optimism of the sixties gradually ran down in Britain, during the economic decline of the seventies, and in the artistic … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE SEVENTH DECADE 1961 – 1970

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Here is Alan Mason‘s latest post on his favourite books of the twentieth century. If you would like to read the rest of Alan’s posts on twentieth century writing click here. THE SIXTIES There was an “accelerando” (faster) feel to … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE SIXTH DECADE 1951 – 1960

Here is the latest in Alan Mason‘s personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. THE FIFTIES This decade was a period of transition in Europe from the bleak austerity of the post-war forties, to the expanding horizons of the sixties. The re-building of Europe’s … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FIFTH DECADE 1941 – 1950

THE FORTIES Alan Mason continues his personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. This decade is inenvitably dominated by the Second World War, but in this essay on some of the books of the period I have only included one which deals with … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FOURTH DECADE 1931 – 1940

Alan Mason continues his personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. THE THIRTIES Like most decades, the literature of the thirties contains elements of harking back to a golden past, (The Midnight Folk, The Box of Delights, The Last Grain Race), breaking with … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE THIRD DECADE 1921 – 1930

Alan Mason continues his personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. THE TWENTIES Following the miseries of the First World War, this is often seen as an era of hedonism, but it was also a time of new inventions and new social attitudes. … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE SECOND DECADE 1911 – 1920

The second decade is inevitably dominated by the First World War, but I have chosen four books, whose setting occurs before it all began. The first two are from a pristine North America, the third is a lost rural idyll … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FIRST DECADE 1901 – 1910

Today we publish the first in a series of posts by our good friend Alan Mason. For more of Alan’s work please click here – Alan Mason – Deskarati. As a small child I learned to read quite quickly, and began … Continue reading

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