Image of Britain 1 by Thomas Mabry CranfillImage of Britain 1 by Thomas Mabry Cranfill

Image of Britain 1

EditorThomas Mabry Cranfill

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Image of Britain 1, originally published in 1961, was the first of two special issues of The Texas Quarterly devoted to Britain. This volume contains three dozen selections, including essays, fiction, poetry, and illustrations, most of them specially commissioned. The editorial aim has been to achieve scope and variety. Surveyed in the articles are a dozen or more facets of British culture, among them politics, education, Anglo-American relations, religion, law, food, changes in class structure, pediatrics, the intellectual climate, scientific progress, and international relations.

Those who labor under the delusion that the British lack humor are advised to read Siriol Hugh-Jones's remarks on the subject, Henry Green's "Firefighting," William Sansom's "Dear Sir," and Willis W. Pratt's article on the great cartoonists Emett and Searle—whose cartoons should then be inspected carefully.

Their cartoons are only a part of the book's handsome illustrations. In addition, the photographer Hans Beacham visited England at the Quarterly's invitation to depict for American readers distinguished figures in British arts and letters. His gallery of forty-one portraits of writers and other notables has historical as well as artistic importance. Beacham has also contributed twenty-one hauntingly beautiful photographs of the studio of the late great sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein.

Thirty-three of the contributors to this collection are British. There is much to be said for inviting members of this forthright, brilliantly self-critical race to comment extensively on themselves. Among the authors are the young and already noteworthy—Dom Moraes, Ted Hughes, and Alan Sillitoe, for example—as well as the firmly established and celebrated, such as John Wain, William Sansom, and Henry Green.

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Thomas Mabry Cranfill (1913–1995) was Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Title:Image of Britain 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.69 inPublished:June 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292745206

ISBN - 13:9780292745209

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Table of Contents

  • Essays
    • Richard Hoggart: Cultural Change in Mid-Century
    • Peter Laslett: The Changing Face of English Education
    • William W. Morris: A Texan at Oxford
    • Malcolm Bradbury & Dudley Andrew: The Sugar Beet Generation
    • Tem Driberg: The Church of England in the 20th Century
    • Janet Darby: For Visitors: Some Notes on British Food
    • Herbert G. Nicholas: Britain's Role in International Organizations
    • Willis W. Pratt: Americans at Home. The British Cartoonist's View
    • Mary Agnes Hamilton: A Note on Angelo-American Relations
    • Henry Green: Firefighting
    • A. L. Rowse: Concerning Intellectuais, Mainly British
    • Sirol Hugh-Jones: Nice Old Ravens. A Cool Look at British Humour
    • Hugh Massingham: Labourite Past, Conservative Present, Uncertain Future
    • Hugh Gaitskell: The Role of the Opposition in Britain
    • A. C. B. Lovell: The Radio-Telescope at Jordell Bank
    • Claud Cockburn: On British Journalism (With a Glance at America)
    • Fenton Bresler: English Law and Lawyers
    • Margariet C. Jones: As the Twig is Bent. A Century of Child Care
    • John Carter: London and the Fine Art Market
  • Fiction
    • Ted Hughes: The Caning
    • Alan Sillitoe: A Visit to Sann-Eye
    • Kathleen Farrell: Colour on My Mouth
    • William Sansom: Dear Sir
  • Poetry
    • John Wain: To Be Continued
    • Peter Redgrove: Corposant and Visitors
    • Dom Moraes: Lullaby and One of Us
    • Philip Larkin: Talking in Bed
    • George Sarker: The Innocent Moment
    • Sylvia Plath: Flute Notes from a Reedy Pond
    • Ted Hughes: Lines to a Newborn Baby
    • Elizabeth Jennings: A Child's Game
  • Collections
    • John Lade: Epstein's Studio
    • Cedric Wallis: The B.B.C. Gramophone Library