October 2010 Guest Editor Juliet Gardiner on The Long Weekend...
Published at the outbreak of war and largely relying on newspaper cuttings, The Long Weekend by the poet Robert Graves and Alan Hodge, still has a sharpness and immediacy that conjures up the anxieties, eccentricities and dashed hopes of the interwar years ranging over such diverse subjects as hiking and pacifism.
First published in 1940, this survey of the inter-war period not only includes surface aspects of the era - from plays and novels to dance fads and fashions - but also discusses the international influences at work in politics, science, business and religion. Short hair and shorter skirts arrived during the 1920s; "New Education" became a going concern; the British Labour Party became respectable at last; and, as the 1930s wore on, public acknowledgement of the possibility of another world war was feverishly avoided in an ever-increasing whirl of activities.
Publication date: 02/11/1995
|Publication date:||2nd November 1995|
Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon, the son of Irish writer Perceval Graves and Amalia Von Ranke. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After this, apart from a year as Professor of English Literature at Cairo University in 1926, he earned his living by writing, mostly historical novels, including: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Count Belisarius; Wife of Mr Milton; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; Proceed, Sergeant Lamb; The Golden Fleece; They Hanged My Saintly Billy; and The Isles of Unwisdom. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to ...More About Robert Graves