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British Children's Fiction in the Second World War$
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Owen Dudley Edwards

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616510

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616510.001.0001

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Evacuees and Gurus

Evacuees and Gurus

Chapter:
(p.128) (p.129) 3 Evacuees and Gurus
Source:
British Children's Fiction in the Second World War
Author(s):

Owen Dudley Edwards

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616510.003.0003

This chapter looks at evacuees and gurus during the war, and presents the effects of reading on evacuees, most of whom learnt to read using comics. It then identifies a propaganda point that was discovered during the war: children are more convincing as martyrs than as fighters. The chapter also shows that reading prevented children from slipping into theft and vagrancy, and even helped them pass the time while on their way to America and other countries. The latter half of the chapter focuses on the role of gurus in children's fiction, which is embodied in characters such as Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Keywords:   evacuees, gurus, effects of reading, propaganda point, vagrancy

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