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Non-Combatants and Others

by Rose Macaulay

Part of the Handheld Classics Series

Non-Combatants and Others Synopsis

All Rose Macaulay's anti-war writing, collected together in one fascinating and thought-provoking volume. Her novel Non-Combatants and Others (1916) is a classic of pacifist writing, and was one of the first novels to be written and published during the First World War that set out the moral and ideological arguments against war. It's scathing and heart-breaking, yet finds a way for pacifists to work for an end to conflict. Her journalism for The Spectator, Time & Tide, The Listener and other magazines from the mid-1930s to the end of the Second World War, details the rise of fascism and the civilian response to the impending war. Witty, furious and despairing in turn, these forgotten magazine columns reveal new insights into how people find war and its tyrannies creeping up on them. These are supported by Macaulay's two inter-war essays on pacifism,`Apeing the Barbarians' and `Moral Indignation'. Macaulay's only wartime short story, `Miss Anstruther's Letters', is a devastating account of the loss of her flat and all her possessions in the Blitz. But more desperate a loss than her books were the letters from her secret lover, who had just died. The Introduction is by Jessica Gildersleeve of the University of Southern Queensland. The cover illustration, `Peace Angel', is by the Norwegian caricaturist Olaf Gulbransson, published in the German satirical magazine Simplicissimus in 1917.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912766307
Publication date: 24th August 2020
Author: Rose Macaulay
Publisher: Handheld Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945), Social & cultural history, Political ideologies,

About Rose Macaulay

Emilie Rose Macaulay (1881-1958) was a British novelist, journalist, cultural commentator, biographer, critic and early adopter of radio as a broadcaster and a writer. She was the first fiction reviewer for the feminist weekly Time and Tide in the 1920s, also writing for Good Housekeeping, and was celebrated for her acerbic and witty satires. In the First World War she worked as a Land Girl and a censor, and in the Second World War she drove ambulances and was bombed out of her apartment, losing all her possessions including her letters from her recently dead secret lover, the former Irish ...

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