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The Essay


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The Cult of Childhood
1/4. An Age to Be Small in. This week
Deborah Bowman presents a series of four essays exploring the theme of childhood in the literary culture of the first half of the 20th century, especially the 1920s and 30s. It includes Evelyn Waugh and Saki, flappers in short skirts, and William Empson analysing Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan ; as well as Gertrude Stein , Stevie Smith and Anita Loos. She begins by surveying the interest of writers of this period in children, childishness, baby-talk and the Childlike. Producer Rob Ketteridge


Unknown: Deborah Bowman
Unknown: Evelyn Waugh
Unknown: William Empson
Unknown: Peter Pan
Unknown: Gertrude Stein
Unknown: Stevie Smith
Unknown: Anita Loos.
Producer: Rob Ketteridge

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