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Publishing in the First World War
Essays in Book History
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
16 May 2007
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The twelve essays in this book, written by emergent young scholars as well as established names in the field, explore in depth for the first time the publishing and reading practices which were formed and changed by the First World War. Ranging from an exploration of British and Australian trench journals and the reading practices of Indian soldiers to the impact of war on the literary figures of the home front in Britain, these essays provide crucial new historical information about the production, circulation and reception of reading matter during a period of international crisis.

Meticulously researched and engagingly written, these essays will be rewarding reading for anyone interested in the literature and history of this period. Not only will they make a significant contribution to the specialist fields of literary studies and book history, they will also add new insights to our general understanding of propaganda, of nationalism, and of daily life in a world at war.


Description

The twelve essays in this book, written by emergent young scholars as well as established names in the field, explore in depth for the first time the publishing and reading practices which were formed and changed by the First World War. Ranging from an exploration of British and Australian trench journals and the reading practices of Indian soldiers to the impact of war on the literary figures of the home front in Britain, these essays provide crucial new historical information about the production, circulation and reception of reading matter during a period of international crisis.

Meticulously researched and engagingly written, these essays will be rewarding reading for anyone interested in the literature and history of this period. Not only will they make a significant contribution to the specialist fields of literary studies and book history, they will also add new insights to our general understanding of propaganda, of nationalism, and of daily life in a world at war.


Reviews

'This fine book presents important new research on the cultural history of the First World War. It brings neglected areas of knowledge into focus, deepening our understanding of book history, and of the complex and various activities undertaken by writers, publishers, propagandists, and journals during the war. The essays are lively, intelligent, well researched and well written. A valuable new study for scholars, and an excellent resource for students.' - Trudi Tate, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK

'A highly welcome contribution to the field, this book about publishing during the Great War addresses who was reading what, and where. The international scope of the volume demonstrates the interconnected world of print, and its documentation will ground future research in the field.' - Professor Margaret R. Higonnet, University of Connecticut, USA

'This volume offers much valuable work in the ongoing war of representation and illustrates how much can be illuminated by the various disciplinary perspectives that make up the History of the Book.' - Andrew Nash, Times Literary Supplement


Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; M.Hammond & S.Towheed
PART 1: PROFIT AND PATRIOTISM
For Country, Conscience and Commerce: Publishers and Publishing, 1914-1918; J.Potter
'No such bookselling has ever before taken place in this country': Propaganda and the Wartime Distribution Practices of W.H. Smith and Son; S.Colclough
Translating Peace: Pacifist Publishing and the Transmission of Foreign Texts; G.Brockington
PART 2: READING AND NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Sepoys, Sahibs and Babus: India, the Great War and Two Colonial Journals; S.Das
The Battle of the Books: Supplying Prisoners of War; R.Pöppinghege
Australian Soldiers and the World of Print During the Great War; A.Laugesen
PART 3: WRITING THE TRENCHES
The Tuition of Manhood: 'Sapper's' War Stories and the Literature of War; J.Meyer
British Army Trench Journals and a Geography of Identity; J.Pegum
'A New and Vital Moral Factor': Cartoon Book Publishing in Britain during the First World War; N.Hiley
PART 4: ENLISTED AT HOME
Translating Propaganda: John Buchan's Writing during the First World War; K.Macdonald
Making a Text the Fordian Way: Between St Dennis and St George, Propaganda and the First World War; S.Haslam
Depicting the War on the Western Front: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Publication of The British Campaign in France and Flanders; K.Grieves
Select Bibliography
Index


Authors

MARY HAMMOND is Lecturer in Literature and Book History at the Open University, UK. She is the author of Reading, Publishing and the Formation of Literary Taste in England 1880-1914 (2006). She is also project manager of 'The Reading Experience Database 1450-1945'.

SHAFQUAT TOWHEED teaches at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK and the Open University, UK. He is currently writing a study on the intersections of international copyright law and literature, and editing Edith Wharton's correspondence with Macmillan Publishers.