By Anthea Trodd
A survey of the variations of Edwardian writing and the way they healthy into literary and cultural switch. This ebook covers writers corresponding to Conrad, Forster, Wells, Bennett, Shaw, Kipling, Tressell, Hardy, Yeats and Woolf. Modernists equivalent to Lawrence and Mansfield also are incorporated. the writer combines literary feedback of writing within the Edwardian interval with cultural exams (for instance, she examines imperialism and patriarchy), and units her paintings in an ancient context.
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29 The writers of the turn of the century, facing a reading public continually expanding and fragmenting into specialised audiences, were forced to register these hitherto ignored changes. Edwardian writers were continually speculating about the nature of the audience they addressed. . '30 Bennett was gloomily contemplating his middle-class readership. Page 12 Wells's apprehensions took a different form. . which, consistently and consummately unable to give the smallest account of itself, naturally renders no grain of help to enquiry'33 is echoed throughout the period.
In the new Cambridge History of English Literature, her novels were discussed alongside the documentary fictions of Kingsley and Disraeli. A slimmer volume of assessment, G. K. . . 21 Arnold Bennett persistently referred to her in his writings as the type of a fussy, artless Victorianism. 'She was too preoccupied by moral questions to be a first-class creative artist. And she was a woman',22 he declared, and later, 'artistic ambition overweened in Page 9 the unhappy lady and she wrote Middlemarch'.
27 It is certainly true that this last, immediately pre-modernist period was marked by an assertive but highly defensive masculinity in writing, while the political activities of the suffragettes were not matched by any strong female presence in literature. The 1890s had seen a wave of writing, by male and female writers, on the subject of the New Woman, but this had declined by the new Page 10 century. During the Edwardian period Woolf was writing her first novel and experiencing great difficulties, which may be partly explained by the climate of the time.