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Re: Stories: context

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Posted by Mike Jones on October 24, 2017 at 15:13:02 user Mike_Jones.

In Reply to: Stories: context posted by Peter Ceresole on October 24, 2017 at 11:21:51:

An interesting post, Peter. I am currently reading "The Morbid Age - Britain and the Crisis of Civilization 1919 - 1939" by Richard Overy. It provides a very thorough backdrop to the literary world of the Twenties and Thirties, e.g. AR's sympathy with developments in Russia until the death of Lenin and the removal of Trotzky, and the preoccupations of the Dons in Dorothy L. Sayers' "Gaudy Night".

On the perennial question of AR's politics, in Tuesday's "Times" Melanie Phillips, comparing the evils of fascism and communism, refers to "many other cultural figures who supported Stalin and the Soviet Union, such as the writers Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Arthur Ransome, Bertolt Brecht, Picasso, Charlie Chaplin and more."

While it is good to see AR in such distinguished company, to suggest that he supported Stalin seems a bit rich.

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