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To Exercise Our Talents: The Democratization of Writing in Britain
by Christopher Hilliard
Harvard University Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-674-03865-3 | Cloth: 978-0-674-02177-8
Library of Congress Classification PR478.S57H55 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 820.90091

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In twentieth-century Britain the literary landscape underwent a fundamental change. Aspiring authors--traditionally drawn from privileged social backgrounds--now included factory workers writing amid chaotic home lives and married women joining writers' clubs in search of creative outlets. In this brilliantly conceived book, Christopher Hilliard reveals the extraordinary history of "ordinary" voices. In capturing the creative lives of ordinary people--would-be fiction-writers and poets who until now have left scarcely a mark on written history--Hilliard sensitively reconstructs the literary culture of a democratic age.

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