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Walter Greenwood's 'Love on the Dole': Novel, Play, Film

Chris Hopkins


Love on the Dole (1933) is the best-remembered novel about the unemployed during the Depression, and has never been out of print. Its working-class author, Walter Greenwood, went overnight from being unemployed in Salford to being a best-selling writer. The novel’s impact was increased by a play adaptation in 1935, and Greenwood proposed a film adaption in 1936, but the British Board of Film Censors pronounced the story too ‘sordid’ and depressing’ to be fit for British cinema audiences. The film had to wait until 1940 when the Ministry of Information allowed this story of pre-war economic and ... More

Keywords: Walter Greenwood, Salford, working-class writers, censorship, the Depression, unemployment, the dole, the nineteen-thirties, the nineteen-forties, world war 2

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941145
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Hopkins, author