Farmer Novelists: H. W. Freeman, A. G. Street, Adrian Bell



The rural fiction that emerged in the 1930s was, like so much other literature of the decade, concerned with economic problems. The more romantic treatments of country life gave place to first-hand and practical accounts of farming methods. The precise nature of the change in tone can be illustrated by comparing a passage from Thomas Moult’s Snow Over Eldon (1920) with one from Down in the Valley by H. W. Freeman (b. 1899), which was published ten years later. Thomas Moult (1895–1974) a Derbyshire novelist and poet, was the biographer of Mary Webb.1 His prose style has affinities with hers.


Rural Life Farming Method Fruit Farm Country Life Dependent Farmer 
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