1950s Childhood (Shire Library, Volume 737) by John Shepherd, Janet Shepherd

By John Shepherd, Janet Shepherd

The iteration who grew up in Britain instantly after the second one global conflict are popularly referred to as 'The child Boomers'. As young children, they skilled lifestyles in Britain from wartime austerity to the relative affluence of the overdue Nineteen Fifties. Uniquely fitter and wealthier than past generations, this primary welfare kingdom iteration obtained loose orange juice, milk and cod liver oil to guard their well-being. in spite of the fact that, their total vitamin was once limited until eventually rationing absolutely led to 1954 -- and the permissive society had but to reach. Janet and John Shepherd discover how the child Boomers grew up during the switch from post-war regulations to a brand new customer society, having fun with elevated selection within the outlets, whereas at domestic, pirate Radio Luxembourg and flickering black and white tv unfolded new vistas.

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Fields). Her vivid recollection of her first visit to Farringford blurs the boundary between real and imagined worlds, and imbues the poet’s home with a magical ambiance. 91 Her sentiments are echoed in the kind of ‘Tennyson at Home’ articles that blended reportage with personal reflection, journalism with fandom. 92 The Boston Daily Advertiser’s special correspondent, likewise, identifies in Aldworth and its surroundings a fantastical, fairy-tale quality: We found the Haslemere air full … of echoes – echoes of [Tennyson’s] poet [sic] fancies.

Tracing the visual and textual strategies by which these articles sought to craft a quasi-personal relationship between Tennyson and his readers, this chapter demonstrates that the illusion of intimacy underlying them At Home with Tennyson 23 responded to and commodified an incipient desire to locate the author; to know him not simply through his works, but in his habitat, in those spaces that reflected and shaped his ‘true’ self. Knowledge and insight were not the only imperatives driving Victorian virtual literary tourism, however.

Anna Barton notes that, during the nineteenth century, literary identities took on a new commercial significance as more and more goods were sold on the basis of a recognized name … By the end of the century, anthologies … were organized according to poet, and the poet’s name occupied a prominent position at the head of every page. 106 A recognisable name was, therefore, a ‘valuable … sign’, crucial to commercial success. 107 By anchoring Tennyson’s name to a distinctive and decipherable identity, to concrete places and tangible things, ‘Tennyson at Home’ articles helped to de-alienate the poet, securing for him a lucratively recognisable public persona.

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