John Lehmann's New Writing an Author-Index 1936-1950

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With an Introductory Essay by John Whitehead.

An Author-Index to the 60 volumes of the magazine, which contained stories by Russian, Czech, German, French, Chinese writers. Many stories and sketches were concerned with peasant or working-class characters. Notable public events such as the Great War, Nazi violence, Italian conscription for the Abyssinian War form some of the themes. Lehmann contributed a sequence of travel notes from around the world.


"John Lehmann was a partner in Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press during the 1930s and '40s. In 1936 he founded and edited the literary magazine known as New Writing, which continued under various titles until 1950. The contributors included many of the prominent writers of those years, such as George Orwell, V.S. Pritchett, Elizabeth Bowen, E.M. Forster, Christopher Isherwood, W.H. Auden, and Virginia Woolf. In addition, Lehmann attempted to provide a forum for working-class authors and various European writers of the political left. This index covers the eight numbers of the two series of New Writing, and all the numbers of its successor titles: Folios of New Writing, Daylight, New Writing and Daylight, and The Penguin New Writing. It is divided into four parts: poetry and drama; fiction and reportage; essays, articles and biography; and translators. John Whitehead's introductory essay describes Lehmann's career and the progress of New Writing. A list of abbreviations is included in the preface. There is an author checklist at the end of the volume. Recommended for academic collections where there is a strong interest in 20th-century British literature." - CHOICE

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