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Literature of the 1900s: The Great Edwardian Emporium

Jonathan Wild


This book challenges conventional views of the Edwardian period as either a hangover of Victorianism or a bystander to literary modernism. The text investigates the literary history of the Edwardian decade. This period, long overlooked by critics, is revealed as a vibrant cultural era whose writers were determined to break away from the stifling influence of preceding Victorianism. In the hands of this generation, which included writers such as Arnold Bennett, Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster, Beatrix Potter, and H. G. Wells, the new century presented a unique opportunity to fashion innovative boo ... More

Keywords: Edwardian period, Victorianism, Edwardian modernity, imperialism, lower middle class, children's literature, technology, decadence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780748635061
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Wild, author
University of Edinburgh