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H. Lawrence Ted Hughes born Harold Pinter born 1931 The failure of the Credit Anstalt in Austria starts a financial collapse in Central Europe Britain abandons the gold standard; the pound falls by twenty-five percent Mutiny in the Royal Navy at Invergordon over pay cuts Ramsay Macdonald resigns, splits the Cabinet, and is expelled by the Labour party; in the general election the National Government wins by a majority of 500 seats The statute of Westminster defines dominion status Ninette de Valois founds the VicWells Ballet (eventually the Royal Ballet) Chaplin's City Lights, Rene Clair's Le Million, and Leontine Sagan's Madchen in Uniform Coward's Cavalcade Dali's The Persistence of Memory O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra Anthony Powell's Afternoon Men Antoine de Saint Exupery's Vol de nuit Walton's Belshazzar's Feast Virginia Woolf's The Waves Death of Arnold Bennett 1932 Franklin D.

In their "public" dimensions these novels are immersed in the popular culture of the 1930's, not only the cinema but also the thriller and the detective novel. The thriller was a natural vehicle for Greene's perennial theme of the hunted man. He was also conscious of the radio and gramophone and the resultant dissemination of dance music and popular songs. Nearly all his prewar novels contain snatches of song lyrics composed by Greene in a skillful pastiche of the sophisticated or sentimental productions of Cole Porter or Ira Gershwin (again, a topic discussed at some length in Reading the Thirties).

BERNARD BERGONZI. Professor of English (1971- ), Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1979-1982), University of Warwick; Visiting Professor, Stanford University (1982). Has written extensively on latenineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, including studies of H. G. Wells, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, and the literature of World War I. Publications include Reading the Thirties; The Situation of the Novel; The Roman Persuasion (fiction); and The Myth of Modernism and Twentieth Century Literature. Graham Greene.

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