Working class literature in 20th century Britain

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Boris Badenov
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Jan 22 2009 21:30
Working class literature in 20th century Britain

My limited knowledge extends only to Orwell and some stuff by Jack Common; any recommendations?

JonC
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Jan 23 2009 13:16

Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Grey Granite

TomRoberts
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Feb 12 2009 19:20

Here's a list of working class authors 1930-1950 compiled by Howard Slater from the Working Press website:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/working_press/WP2.TXT

Enjoy

Boris Badenov
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Feb 18 2009 15:31

ta, both of you.
excellent list, Tom.

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Mar 3 2009 16:32

I'd also recommend

Alan Sillitoe

Barry Hines any though "Kes" is still widely used in secondary schools

Alasdair Gray any

Jeff Torrington

Jim Kelman

James Barke "The Land of the Leal"

Keith Waterhouse "Billy Liar"

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Mar 4 2009 22:19

I recently read Robert Roberts' The Classic Slum; it's partly autobiographical, partly a study of early 20th century poverty in the industrial North (Salford) from a working-class perspective. Interesting account on the internal dynamics and prestige hierarchies of a typical impoverished community, and it does a great deal to undermine the romantic image of the working class as the "salt of the earth," which is so prevalent in some authors (see Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier).
A review:
http://www.julielorenzen.net/slum.html

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Dec 30 2010 22:06

A bit off topic, but this new book on Irish working-class literature might be of interest: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=410989
or
http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=9780230272279

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jef costello
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Dec 31 2010 03:03

He is spamming but the book looks ok.

imposs1904
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Dec 31 2010 03:13

Dance of the Apprentices by Edward Gaitens is a wonderful novel.

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Dec 31 2010 03:15
TomRoberts wrote:
Here's a list of working class authors 1930-1950 compiled by Howard Slater from the Working Press website:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/working_press/WP2.TXT

Enjoy

Anybody have a copy of this list? The link is now sadly defunct.

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Dec 31 2010 13:07
imposs1904 wrote:
TomRoberts wrote:
Here's a list of working class authors 1930-1950 compiled by Howard Slater from the Working Press website:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/working_press/WP2.TXT

Enjoy

Anybody have a copy of this list? The link is now sadly defunct.

Try this: http://web.archive.org/web/20050920073955/http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/working_press/WP2.TXT

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Jan 2 2011 15:37

A couple short articles by Howard Slater who wote the list linked to in the above post. the first is an on-going project that seems quite interesting.
http://www.pennilesspress.co.uk/prose/drifting_with_james_hanley_howar.htm
http://www.infopool.org.uk/APG.htm

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Jan 2 2011 20:45
revolut wrote:
imposs1904 wrote:
TomRoberts wrote:
Here's a list of working class authors 1930-1950 compiled by Howard Slater from the Working Press website:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/working_press/WP2.TXT

Enjoy

Anybody have a copy of this list? The link is now sadly defunct.

Try this: http://web.archive.org/web/20050920073955/http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/working_press/WP2.TXT

Cheers for the list.

Interesting read. A lot of the names I recognise from Ken Worpole's book, 'Dockers and Detectives'.

Genuinely shocked that Slater didn't mention Edward Gaitens in his Scottish section. Dance of the Apprentices was republished by Canongate in the late 80s/90s, so it's not like Gaitens fell off the radar.

Btw, maybe Slater didn't know, but Dan Billany - who he lists - was a member of the SPGB in Hull in the early 30s. He may have also been a member of the CPGB for a time as well.

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Jan 7 2011 22:11

I finished reading William Woodruff's Road to Nab End over the holiday; anyone else read it? I really liked it.