‘A strange mood’
British popular fiction and post-war uncertainties
in The silent morning
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The response of British writers of popular fiction to the Armistice was mixed. During wartime it had been possible to sustain a myth of national cohesion and common purpose. This chapter considers three contrasting responses to post-war uncertainties from writers of popular fiction. The novels of Philip Gibbs are semi-documentaries, disturbing readers with reports from a troubled Britain and war-ravaged Europe. Warwick Deeping wrote heated melodramas whose heroes were trying to cope with the violent legacies of the war. While for 'Sapper' and other thriller writers, the conflicted world of the 1920s demanded as tough-minded a response as that which had brought victory in wartime. Philip Gibbs was one of the first novelists to attempt a comprehensive picture of the post-war world. The resentments and hatreds of post-Armistice Britain are more centrally the theme of The Middle of the Road , Gibbs's novel.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy

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