Stella Gibbons, ex-centricity and the suburb

Faye Hammill

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In The Intellectuals and the Masses (1992), John Carey writes: 'The rejection by intellectuals of the clerks and the suburbs meant that writers intent on finding an eccentric voice could do so by colonizing this abandoned territory. The two writers who did so were John Betjeman and Stevie Smith' (66). Whilst Carey's insight forms a useful starting point for this discussion, his restriction of the suburban literary terrain to just two writers must be disputed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntermodernism
Subtitle of host publicationLiterary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain
EditorsKristin Bluemel
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0748635092
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Stella Gibbons
  • suburbs
  • my American
  • miss Linsey and pa
  • the bachelor
  • English literature
  • novels
  • writing


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