The period from 1920 to 1970 saw some of the most explosive literary talents burst onto the cultural scene. In this course we shall look at both well-known and relatively unfamiliar work, relating it to the culture of the times. This will include a glance at the Bright Young Things of the 20’s, the technologically advancing but anxiety-ridden 30’s, the austere war-ravaged 40’s, and the post-war period of resurgence into a modern consumer society. Music from all the decades will be an accompaniment – anything from Dapper Dan from Dear Old Dixieland to the Singing Nun.
No advance knowledge is necessary but it will be a great help if group-members will bring their own texts. Richard will supply DVD versions of some of them and will bring matters to a close with the usual crazy and charmingly frustrating quiz
The texts for the course are -
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley
A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt
There is no supplementary charge for single accommodation on any of our activity breaks, and as normal, we can arrange free transport (on arrival and departure) between the hotel and the bus and railway stations.
Details about all of our activity breaks are readily available - either download a copy from this section, ask for them during you stay, or just telephone the hotel and ask us to forward a programme for whatever activity you are interested in.