The Prose Factory: Literary Life In Britain Since 1918

Paperback | February 28, 2017

byD J Taylor

not yet rated|write a review
What do we mean when we talk about ‘taste’? 'Taste’ takes countless forms. There is the exclusive taste of highbrow critics such as T.S. Eliot and F.R. Leavis. There is the taste of ordinary book lovers persuaded to buy the best-sellers of the day. And there is the taste of Virginia Woolf’s elusive ‘common reader’. A taste that in the days of the Victorian reading public was founded on shared standards but now, in the age of Twitter and the blogosphere, is fragmenting into chaos.

Spanning a century of literary history, from the pitched battles fought between Eliot-era modernists and Georgian traditionalists to the political in-fighting of the Thirties, the arrival of the upwardly mobile post-war ‘New Man’ and the impact of creative writing degrees and the media don, The Prose Factory explores the myriad influences on English literary life in the past century and the way in which they have shaped our preferences.

It is also a tale of personalities – ‘star reviewers’, sniping critics, caballing editors, crusading ideologues, megalomaniac professors, Arts Council functionaries – a tale of dazzling successes and embittered failures in which gossip and intrigue are as important as intellectual zeal. Above all, it is a study of change. We live in a world where it is ever more difficult for professional writers to make a living, where the dangers of institutionalisation lurk on every corner and where critical authority is giving way to the whims of cyberspace. Wide-ranging and controversial, as interested in the newspaper essayist and the bookclub best-seller as the view from Mount Olympus, The Prose Factory is the book that D.J. Taylor was born to write.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$27.51 online
$27.99 list price
Pre-order online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

What do we mean when we talk about ‘taste’? 'Taste’ takes countless forms. There is the exclusive taste of highbrow critics such as T.S. Eliot and F.R. Leavis. There is the taste of ordinary book lovers persuaded to buy the best-sellers of the day. And there is the taste of Virginia Woolf’s elusive ‘common reader’. A taste that in the ...

D. J. TAYLOR's novels include English Settlement, which won a Grinzane Cavour Prize, Trespass and Derby Day, both of which were long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and Kept: A Victorian Mystery. His other books include After the War: The Novel and England Since 1945, Thackeray, Orwell: The Life, which won the 2003 Whitbread Biography...

other books by D J Taylor

Metallica: Back to the Front: A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and…
Metallica: Back to the Front: A Fully Authorized Visual...

Hardcover|Sep 13 2016

$62.30 online$70.00list price(save 11%)
The Scent Of Death
The Scent Of Death

Paperback|Apr 21 2016

$5.99 online$15.99list price(save 62%)
The Ashes of London
The Ashes of London

Paperback|Apr 26 2016

$20.90 online$24.99list price(save 16%)
see all books by D J Taylor
Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099556073

ISBN - 13:9780099556077

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Prose Factory: Literary Life In Britain Since 1918

Reviews