"It is cultural history of a sweeping order... which can be savoured for its profusion of exhibits as well as for its ambitious thesis... A teeming book full of learning and humanity." (C. J. Fox Independent
"Makes tremendous sense... The wholly coherent effect of Hynes's study is all the more notable for the disintegrated nature of his material... A greatly rewarding study of how culture was dumbfounded." (Mick Imlah The Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature as Princeton University. Together with his earlier works- The Edwardian Turn of Mind
and The Auden Generation- A War Imagined
forms an important continuous study of the relationship between literature, the arts and th4e events of history during the first four decades of the twentieth century.