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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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Officials and Genteel-men

Officials and Genteel-men

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British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

Owen Dudley Edwards

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at the crisis in the status of children's fiction in Britain during the Second World War. It discusses the compensation of wartime bereavement of deprivation of necessities, and observes that most of the revolutionary elements in Britain's popular culture in 1940 had little to no identification with the USSR (or until the Grand Alliance was formed in 1941–2). The chapter also designates Graham's Puffin Story Books as one of the greatest series for children in human history, and as serving as one of Britain's achievements in the Second World War.

Keywords:   children's fiction, wartime bereavement, deprivation of necessities, revolutionary elements, popular culture, Grand Alliance, Puffin Story Books

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