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Writers, Readers, and ReputationsLiterary Life in Britain 1870-1918$
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Philip Waller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.001.0001

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Pens at War

Pens at War

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(p.926) 26 Pens at War
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Writers, Readers, and Reputations
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Philip Waller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.003.0026

This chapter examines the part played by writers in wartime. Reference is made to the involvement of several in the Boer War, but the chief concern here is the First World War, when many writers lent their pens for propaganda — either independently or surreptitiously co-ordinated by the government department at Wellington House led by C. F. G. Masterman — in which Sir Gilbert Parker and Anthony Hope were prominent. Arnold Bennett and John Buchan held other official appointments; but a good deal of writing arose from spontaneous patriotism, a conviction that Germany was foremost responsible for the war, and a belief in the overall justice of the Allied cause, although reservations were expressed by more than one. Writers whose positions are analysed include William Archer, J. M. Barrie, Hilaire Belloc, Robert Bridges, G. K. Chesterton, Conan Doyle, Ford Madox Ford, John Galsworthy, Elinor Glyn, Thomas Hardy, Keble Howard, Henry James, Jerome K. Jerome, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, John Masefield, A. E. W. Mason, Somerset Maugham, Siegfried Sassoon, George Bernard Shaw, Mrs Humphry Ward, and H. G. Wells.

Keywords:   propaganda, boer War, first World War

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