The 30s, A Dream Revolved, by Julian Symons

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The 30s, A Dream Revolved, by Julian Symons
Published by Cresset Press in 1960, 186 pages, Hardback with Dust Jacket (S8295RWSO)

From the front inside fly leaf: "I was looking again into Texts and Pre­texts when it occurred to me that the form used by Aldous Huxley for this book, a blend of quotation and discursive com­ment, might be adapted in writing about the nineteen thirties." Mr. Symons's opening sentence sets the tone of a most unusual book, which seeks to examine the 1930's as an artistic movement by com­menting on quotations from extraordin­arily diverse sources-from the forgotten highbrow periodicals of the period, as well as from the daily press; from the Communist Daily Worker as well as from the Fascist Action; from the best verse and prose and also from some of the worst. "The feeling of a decade isn't caught by displaying little gems of poetry, however genuine and typical", Mr. Symons writes, "and it was this precious butterfly of Feeling, I soon saw, that I was after." What finally emerges from his uncommonly entertaining and instructive book (in which, by the way, the photo­graphs that illustrate the theme play an important part) is an image of this, as it seems now, very distant time when most young artists were convinced that a re­birth of society must be preceded by some sort of social catastrophe, and shaped their work in accordance with this dream. 

The condition of the book is generally ok. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs, and nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a name in pen on the first inside page, and the book has spine roll along the left hand edge.