After the Second World War British authors concentrated on content rather than developing new narrative techniques or experimental writing. They preferred to turn to contemporary subject matter. Accordingly, a selection of importantand novels can be grouped into the suggested categories:
At the time JOHN OSBORNE's drama Look Back in Anger (1956) broke with dramatic conventions. Novelists of OSBORNE's generation, the “Angry Young Men” produced neo-picaresque novels or plays that dealt with rebellion against middle-class values:
Working-class novelists expressed the class-consciousness that separated the working from the middle classes:
Women writers: Investigating into how modern society offers independence and equality to women is one of the subjects of DORIS LESSING's (* 1919) novels about the character of Martha Quest (published between 1952 and 1969) and of the narration To Room Nineteen (1963).
Other women writers dealing with the dilemma facing modern women and social inequality are:
Apart form the novels mentioned above, DORIS LESSING's work falls into two categories:
Her novels and short stories of African life reflect her childhood and early adulthood (1924–49) and colonial life in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe):
The second group deals with the development or decline of social life in modern society:
IRIS MURDOCH, who has written more than 20 novels, combines realism and the use of symbols in order to expose the development and depth of the human psyche:
Under the Net (1954), Flight from the Enchanter (1955), A Severed Head (1961), A Fairly Honourable Defeat (1970).
Well-known contemporary authors are:
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