A Version of Pastoral

  • Martin Priestman


For most of this chapter I shall discuss the kind of British detective writing which became established between the World Wars: what Colin Watson and Julian Symons call its ‘Golden Age’. In evoking a separate realm of literary innocence, the phrase chimes in well with W. H. Auden’s ‘Great Good Place’, C. Day Lewis’s ‘fairytale’, and George Orwell’s game of cricket; as well as with William Empson’s account of popular literature generally in this period as a ‘version of pastoral’.1


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© Martin Priestman 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Priestman
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  1. 1.Roehampton Institute of Higher EducationUK

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