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20th Century British Literature

A strong crop of British authors emerged during the 20th century. From "The Waste Land" to "1984," 20th century British writers helped shape the modern and postmodern movements in art and literature.

While they have been strong in number, the majority of great works came during the first half of the century. Unparalleled economic and geopolitical catastrophes helped mold a generation raised with great hardship and little hope. World Wars I and II and the severe economic depression in between encouraged the exploration of themes like destitution and loss and accounts of adventures from the battlefronts and breadlines.

The Genre

It is difficult to define 20th century British literature. However, several sites offer resources for the beginner:

  • Literary Resources: Twentieth-Century British and Irish
    Contains a huge compilation of links to authors, poets and their works.

  • Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature
    Offers a list of links to authors, texts, poetry and other miscellaneous resources.




  • English Literature on the Web
    Offers tons of links with copious information. The site includes many nationalities, but British literature is well represented.

  • Modern Fiction Studies
    A journal focused on prominent works of modern and contemporary fiction that occasionally features great analyses of British literature.
Authors

Another way to begin your inquiry is by researching individual authors:

T.S. Eliot

An American who became a British citizen, Eliot is widely recognized as one of the foremost British poets of the century.

Joseph Conrad

  • Joseph Conrad
    Another American expatriate, Conrad was originally Polish and English was his third language. He wielded it more forcefully than most native speakers.

D.H. Lawrence

  • The Rananim Society
    Browse detailed information on the author or join the e-mail discussion group.
Virginia Woolf

The preeminent female British author of the 20th century. George Orwell

Best known for his apocalyptic predictions in "1984." Evelyn Waugh

This author of "A Handful of Dust" has a dedicated following on the web.

  • Doubting Hall
    Check out the Waugh quotes and novel synopses on this site.



   --- Nicole E. Magistro

 
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