By: Blythe, Ronald, ed.

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310 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). "The Second World War was, among other things, a great 'reading and writing' war. There was a passion for books of all kinds, and also a remarkable outpouring of personal writing in the form of letters and diaries. The latter were actually forbidden in the services because they might fall into enemy hands, but this did not prevent them from being kept in startling quantities. The young especially, whether on the Home Front or fighting abroad, became extraordinary self-examiners and communicators, finding all kinds of outlets for what was happening to them in the shape of private records and correspondence. It was a time when people lived for letters, and when, since much of the war was spent in boredom by the average participant, reading became the perfect escape. The existence of a vast archive of Second World War personal literary expression has been well-known to historians, but it has not often been used to reveal the significance of the 'reading and writing' culture of this period. Ronald Blythe has a deep understanding of those days and in this collection of letters and journals has revealed much of their heart and soul. Half of the book is made up of the wartime writing of his friends; the other half has been drawn from the Department of Documents at the Imperial War Museum. This book is a personal statement that makes eloquent shifts from pain, despair and death to absurdity, laughter and bravery. It is a traveller's tale and a stay-at-home's tale. It is politically hopeful and romantic, and also down to earth. Read together, these confessions and descriptions from and to a Britain of nearly half a century ago create an astonishing impact. We see a world holding itself together by language, by words, and with skill and determination. The 'tone' of those days is often quite unbearably caught, with force and eloquence. (They create) a multiple autobiography of a unique kind." Dust jacket has soft wrinkle at top edge of rear panel.


Author Name: Blythe, Ronald, ed.

Categories: British History, Military - World War II,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Viking: 1991

ISBN Number: 0670832049

ISBN Number 13: 9780670832040

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 23312

Keywords: Letters, Correspondence, Diaries, Prisoners, POWs, Home Front, Personal Experiences, World War II, Second World War, Britain, Mid 20th Century, Reading, Writing, Ronald Blythe, imperial War Museum, Social History.,