Alan Sillitoe Essay - Alan Sillitoe Long Fiction Analysis

Alan Sillitoe Long Fiction Analysis

Great Britain began the twentieth century a political and economic power. By 1950, two world wars and a Great Depression later, it had lost its colonial empire, its industrial leadership, and its identity as an ordered, cultured community of mutually respectful social classes. To many young British writers of the postwar era, Great Britain seemed a doomed society, led by an archaic aristocracy and blighted by decaying industrial cities. That the nation seemed apathetic about its plight and lethargic about change angered them. Venting their frustration in plays, novels, poems, and short stories that were radically different from the social comedy and reflective character study typical of British literature, a new generation of...

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