The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950’s (ed. Blake Morrison)
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Oxford. Oxford University Press. 1980. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine, tanning to edges of pages over time. Jacket Condition: Fine, still vivid and undamaged at spine and corners. 326pp.
Ed. by Blake Morrison.
Ft. Phillip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Donald Davie, D.J. Enright, Thom Gunn, John Wain, Elizabeth Jennings, & others.
Morrison’s project with this book is almost athletic, flexing and balancing between the determination to produce a rigorous but intimate analysis. His focus is on a seminal group of writers from the 1950’s, who rather willfully (and actually in refutation) dubbed themselves “The Movement.” In this volume, Morrison follows both the personal and political developments that surrounded the group, considering both the wider historical contexts and the writers' independent biographies. He also follows the developments on the level of language itself: he unfolds the text to show a discursive, formal evolution of their conceptual practice. As the world continued to write its own tragic, tense timeline, "The Movement" would form like a consequence, their poems chorusing in defiant & necessary response to the endurance that was the 20thc. In the end, Morrison shows that "The Movement" was less an institution and more an embodiment of the creative impulse and what to do with it. You learn the movement makes itself.