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The early twentieth-century countryside of Bernard Samuel Gilbert: Lincolnshire poet, novelist, playwright, pamphleteer and correspondent, 1911–14

Jackson, A.J.H. (2016) The early twentieth-century countryside of Bernard Samuel Gilbert: Lincolnshire poet, novelist, playwright, pamphleteer and correspondent, 1911–14. Midland History, 41 (2). pp. 224-239. ISSN 1756-381X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0047729X.2016.1226362

Abstract

The writings of Bernard Samuel Gilbert (1882–1927) form a rich body of primary source material. However, they lie little known and neglected. Gilbert’s life and output have yet to attract a literary biography. Gilbert’s writing includes poetry in dialect verse, historical novels, stage plays, political pamphlets and newspaper correspondence. This investigation focuses on the early, formative work published by Gilbert between 1911 and 1914, while he was still living in Lincolnshire. The research identifies a number of interconnecting themes in his writing that are prominent among the interests of early twentieth-century rural historians: landscape, culture and the formation of regional identities; the nature of the rural, the character of country class and labour relations, and perceptions of the town and countryside; and, in addition, the interrelationships existing between party politics, agriculture, improvement and the state of the countryside in this period. This article, as well as bringing the work of Gilbert to wider attention, is an interdisciplinary exercise in the use of literary sources in regional, rural and agrarian historical study.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bernard Gilbert, 1914, Countryside, Early twentieth century, Lincolnshire, Rural literature
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Andrew Jackson
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 16:56
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 01:02
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/109

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