Richard Aldington Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Richard Aldington Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Richard Aldington, one of the generation who were young adults in 1914, felt compelled to chronicle the impact of World War I on English culture and society, and all seven of his novels published between the world wars explore some aspect of that obsession. Only the first of these novels describes the war itself, but all of them portray the social degeneration that Aldington connected with World War I. This fiction satirizes English class snobbery, moral hypocrisy, selfish commercialism, insensitivity to art, faddish adherence to publicized avant-garde figures, and a culpable ignorance of sexual feelings, which the Victorian generation repressed and the generation of 1914 indulged without restraint, with disastrous consequences....

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