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British Novelists in Hollywood, 1935–1965

Travelers, Exiles, and Expats

Authors: Colletta, L.

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British Novelists in Hollywood, 1935-1965 calls attention to the shifting grounds of cultural expression by highlighting Hollywood as a site that unsettled definitions and narratives of colonialism and national identity for prominent British novelists such as Christopher Isherwood, P.G. Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh, and J.B. Priestley.

About the authors

Lisa Colletta is Associate Professor of English at the American University of Rome, Italy. She is the author of Dark Humor and Social Satire in the Modern British Novel, the editor of Christopher Isherwood's Letters to his Mother, and the co-editor of Wild Colonial Girl: Essays on Edna O'Brien. Her research interests include Modernism, humor studies, and travel literature and her work has appeared in numerous journals and essay collections.

Reviews

"Well written and thoroughly researched" - Anthony Powell Society Newsletter

"Lisa Colletta has written a lively and engaging study of British and European writers who came to Hollywood in an effort to escape what they saw as a society exhausted by the burden of history, and later fleeing fascism and hoping to create a new artistic and literary home. This book creates a powerful portrait of expatriate writers Theodor Adorno, Bertolt Brecht, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Anthony Powell, and Evelyn Waugh as they grapple with the contrast between the shallow and commodified culture of Hollywood and the complex and tragic past in which British and European writers were embedded." - Wendy Martin, Professor of American Literature and American Studies, Claremont Graduate University, USA and editor of Best of Times, Worst of Times: Contemporary American Short Stories from the New Gilded Age

"They would say it was the 'quality of the light,' but surely it was easy money that drew British writers to Hollywood. Few liked it. Most left with big egos and bigger bank accounts. Lisa Colletta has given us a fresh take on a place that everyone thinks they know from a point of view that is not-too-foreign. English literary lions usually criticized Southern California (and the US) less as a friend would and more like an eccentric old auntie." - James J. Berg, editor of Isherwood on Writing

"With wit and insight, Lisa Colletta's fascinating and disturbing study shows us how British writers in Hollywood reverse the traditional travelogue, teaching us through their fiction, essays, autobiographies, and letters that the 'old world' and its literature are worth returning to after all.' - Kristin Bluemel, Professor of English, Monmouth University, USA and editor of Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Colletta, Lisa

    Pages 1-14

  • Movies and the Lure of Hollywood

    Colletta, Lisa

    Pages 15-43

  • Hollywood Architecture and the Technicolor Landscape

    Colletta, Lisa

    Pages 45-73

  • Forest Lawn, Hollywood, and the American Way of Dying

    Colletta, Lisa

    Pages 75-101

  • Movie Stars and Celebrity

    Colletta, Lisa

    Pages 103-138

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Novelists in Hollywood, 1935–1965
Book Subtitle
Travelers, Exiles, and Expats
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Lisa Colletta
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38076-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137380760
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38075-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47937-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 201
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