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"Buying Books in Wartime" (1939)

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  • miketooney49
    What did Londoners crave to read most during the Blitz? Excerpt: Several newly published books have been in great demand and they include new novels by P. G.
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      What did Londoners crave to read most during the Blitz?

      Excerpt:

      "Several newly published books have been in great demand
      and they include new novels by P. G. Wodehouse, Hugh
      Walpole, and John Steinbeck. Poetry, which for years has
      not been a profitable field of publication except in rare
      instances, is already in considerable vogue, and some
      modern poets as well as the classics are being freely bought.
      Many gift copies are purchased for troops going to the front
      and from addresses in the country orders are arriving for
      books on behalf of city children who are making new
      homes there.

      "The only type of book which at the moment is suffering
      from a definite eclipse is the political survey of the European
      field. But publishers do not expect this distaste for contem-
      porary history to last long. A number of books on political
      subjects is being speedily revised for early publication.
      Bookstalls and suburban libraries are having an exceptional
      demand for thrillers."
      - 'The Living Age,' December 1939, "Letters and the Arts:
      Buying Books in Wartime" [Jump To page 389]
      - http://www.unz.org/Pub/LivingAge-1939dec-00386?View=PDFPages
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