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How Fiction Changed Britain!
Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain
saw a mega-change in reading habits.
For the first time fiction took the
primary place in book publishing, and
the medium was taken up by brilliant
and entertaining authors with an agenda
for ‘a brave new world’. Such men as
Thomas Hardy, H. G. Wells and George
Bernard Shaw were the opinion-makers
for coming generations. ‘With the next
phase of Victorian fiction’, wrote G.
K. Chesterton, ‘we enter a new world;
the later, more revolutionary, more
continental, freer but in some ways
weaker world in which we live today.’
Chesterton did not live to see the full
consequences of the change but W. R.
Inge predicted what was coming when he
No God. No country. No family. Refusal
to serve in war. Free love. More play.
Less work. No punishments. Go as you
please. It is difficult to imagine any
programme which, if carried out, would
be more utterly ruinous to a country
situated as Great Britain is today.
FROM THE PREFACE, by Iain Murray, "My
theme - the influence of fiction on
society - is worthy of much more
expansion than I have given to it here.
I hope I have said enough to alert
others to the importance of what is too
- Type: Paperback
- Pages: 112
- ISBN: 9781848710122
- SKU: 9781848710122
- Publisher: Banner of Truth