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British Children's Fiction in the Second World War

Owen Dudley Edwards


This is a broad-ranging discussion of wartime children's literature and its effects. What children read in the Second World War had an immense effect on how they came of age as they faced the new world. In a unique time for British children, parental controls were often relaxed if not absent. Radio and reading assumed greater significance for most children than they had in the more structured past or were to do in the more crowded future. The study is contextualised through a consideration of the British fiction exported to the USA, as well as that imported to the UK and through an exploration ... More

Keywords: Second World War, children's fiction, British children, reading, leadership, authority, individualism, community, ageism, wartime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748616510
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Owen Dudley Edwards, author