British literature 1950-2010

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  • The end of World War II

    In the years following World War II, a diverse literature has emerged, ranging from fantasy fiction (English writer J R R Tolkien; The Lord of the Rings, 1954), to detective fiction (English writer John Le Carré; The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, 1963) to the experimental and philosophical work of Irish playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett. Other influential writers of the period are the English
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    Post-war literature

    Not only were the most important genres Post-war prose, post-war drama and post-war poetry, but also post-war women's writing became important during the 20th century 2nd half.
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    The Chronicles of Narnia

    Written by C.S. Lewis,
    Talks about children who discover the fictional world of Narnia
  • The Beautiful Visit

    The Beautiful Visit
    Written by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
    Talks about a young girl growing up during the years around the World War I.
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    Modern Period

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    James Bond novels

    Wrtitten by Ian Fleming
    Talks about a British special agent, basis of many popular movies
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    The Lord of The Rings

    Written by J.R.R. Tolkien,
    Talks about a group of adventurers who seek to save Middle-earth from Sauron, very influential on fantasy genre Narnia and Lord of the Rings are both high fantasy, that means they create an entire world, which is completely different from the real world
  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies
    Written by William Golding.
    Talks about a group of children, who are stuck on a deserted island.
  • The Guns of Navarone

    The Guns of Navarone
    Written by Alistair MacLean,
    A novel that talks about World War II and the experience of Allied soldiers
  • Not Waving but Drowning

    It is a poem by British poet Stevie Smith.
    It describes a man whose distressed thrashing in the sea causes onlookers to believe that he is waving to them.
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    Postmodern and Contemporary Period

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    The British Poetry Revival

    The British Poetry Revival is the general name given to a loose poetic movement in Britain that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. The revival was a modernist-inspired reaction to the Movement's more conservative approach to British poetry.
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Written by Muriel Spark,
    Features the character Jean Brodie, an idealistic woman with a romantic view of the world - influential character
  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange
    Written by Anthony Burhgess
    Talks about violent teenagers and free will
  • The Millstone

    The Millstone
    Written by Margaret Drabble.
    Talks about a woman, who decides to give birth to her baby, after a one-night stand.
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman 1969

    The French Lieutenant’s Woman 1969
    Written by John Fowles
    Romance novel set in the 19th century, talks about the society and customs and people
  • Master and Commander

    Master and Commander
    Written by Patrick O Brian
    Talks about British navy during the Napoleonic war, very realistic portrayal
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    The Troubles

    • is a time of violent rioting in Northern Ireland. Ended with the Belfast Agreement ("Good Friday"), but still there are some problems evident in Northern Ireland even nowadays.
  • Watership Down

    Watership Down
    Wriiten by Richard Adams
    Talks about a group of anthropomorphic rabbits who seek a new home after their warren was destroyed, allegorical novel
  • Absurd Person Singular

    It is a play written by Alan Ayckbourn.
    It documents the changing fortunes of three married couples.
  • The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed
    Written by Jack Higgins,
    Talks about World War II, thriller
  • Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Written by Salman Rushdie ( Anglo-Indian writer.)
    It is an epic book of magical realism about India's transition from British colonialism to independence.
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    The Pillars of the Earth
    Written by Ken Follettt
    Talks about the building of a cathedral during the 12th century
  • Possession: A Romance

    Possession: A Romance
    Written by A.S. Byatt,
    Talks about the relationship between two lovers
  • Birdsong

    Written by Sebastian Faulks,
    Talks about the life of a man during World War I
  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity
    Written by Nick Hornby
    Talks about a London man and his relationship problems
  • The Horse Whisperer

    The Horse Whisperer
    Written by Robert Redford,
    Talks about a teenage girl and a man, who has a remarkable gift for understanding horses
  • The Beach

    The Beach
    Written by Alex Garland
    Talks about a man on a quest to find an ideal, idyllic beach that is untouched by tourism
  • The Last King of Scotland

    The Last King of Scotland
    Wriiten by Giles Foden
    Talks about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his rise to power
  • England, England

    England, England
    Written by Julian Barnes.
    It is a satirical science fiction novel. The novel is set in the Britain of the not-too-distant future, and chronicles the creation of a giant England themed amusement park, called "England, England", which also operates as an independent state.
  • Amsterdam

    Written by Ian Russel McEwan.
    It is a morality tale revolving around a newspaper editor and a composer.
  • Chocolat

    Written by Joanne Harris
    Talks about a french woman and her chocolaterie in a small french village, basis of a popular movie