Alexander Baron

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  • Susie Thomas (Independent Scholar)

Alexander Baron's first novel, From the City, From the Plough (1948), which captured the experience of ordinary infantrymen during the Second World War in direct but unemotive prose, sold over a million copies. After six years in the army, Baron was back in London when Jonathan Cape threw a party to celebrate his bestseller:

It was a beautiful summer evening. I set off on the 73 bus from Hackney. I've always been very shy and was all the more so after the war. I was very badly shaken up by then. I finally got off the bus at King's Cross and I walked through Bloomsbury. Then I saw a pub and I thought: ‘I'll buy some Dutch courage.' So I stopped and had a double whisky … I arrived at the Cape offices, and I …
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Citation:
Thomas, Susie. "Alexander Baron". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12608, accessed 31 October 2014.]

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