Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

British Writers and MI5 Surveillance, 1930–1960

  • Date Published: December 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107030824

Hardback

Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • Britain's domestic intelligence agencies maintained secret records on many left-wing writers after the First World War. Drawing on recently declassified material from 1930 to 1960, this revealing study examines how leading figures in Britain's literary scene fell under MI5 and Special Branch surveillance, and the surprising extent to which writers became willing participants in the world of covert intelligence and propaganda. Chapters devoted to W. H. Auden and his associates, theatre pioneers Ewan MacColl and Joan Littlewood, George Orwell, and others describe methods used by MI5 to gather information through and about the cultural world. The book also investigates how these covert agencies assessed the political influence of such writers, providing scholars and students of twentieth-century British literature an unprecedented account of clandestine operations in popular culture.

    • Draws on an extensive range of intelligence agency material only newly released to the National Archives
    • Provides details of the British government's surveillance records compiled on many major authors
    • Explores the extent to which covert British agencies were involved in areas such as cultural monitoring, vetting and subsidy
    • Reveals previously hidden liaisons between important literary figures and covert government agencies
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This intelligent, balanced, and thoughtfully probing book activates what promises to be a rich and highly revealing dialogue."
    Peter Marks, Journal of British Studies

    "Smith examines MI5 files held on writers before and after WWII in this compelling book … [he] is judicious in framing his study. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
    J. M. Utell, Choice

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107030824
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations
    Preface
    1. Intellectual and intelligence contexts, 1930–60
    2. The Auden circle
    3. Ewan MacColl, Joan Littlewood, and Theatre Workshop
    4. Arthur Koestler and George Orwell
    Epilogue
    Notes.

  • Author

    James Smith, University of Durham
    James Smith is Lecturer in English Literature at Durham University. Author of a critical study on the work of Terry Eagleton (2008), he has published widely in journals such as New Theatre Quarterly and Literature and History. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2007.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×