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Underground WritingThe London Tube from George Gissing to Virginia Woolf$
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David Welsh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312236

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315978

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The Kingdom of Individuals

The Kingdom of Individuals

Safety and Security on the Tube in the Second World War

(p.221) Chapter Four The Kingdom of Individuals
Underground Writing
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This chapter examines the treatment and depiction of the London Tube during World War 2. It explains that the Tube was used as a shelter for around four percent of London's population during this period and it was the sheltering communities themselves which gave rise to a large number of documentary, fictional, poetic and visual treatments that offered an entirely new interpretation of the Tube system. This chapter also highlights the unity of purpose in wartime writing shared by authors such as Elizabeth Bowen, Charles Williams and Graham Greene.

Keywords:   London Tube, World War 2, sheltering communities, wartime writing, Elizabeth Bowen, Charles Williams, Graham Greene

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