Colin Wilson: The Age of Defeat

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In 1957, the publisher Tom Maschler (1933- ) edited a volume of essays entitled Declaration (London: MacGibbon & Kee) – a symposium containing the credos of eight so-called “Angry Young Men”. In his Introduction, Maschler wrote:

We have to thank an even lower level of journalism for the phrase “Angry Young Men” which has been employed to group, without so much as an attempt at understanding, all those sharing a certain indignation against the apathy, the complacency, the idealistic bankruptcy of their environment....To be prejudiced against them purely because they are angry is to imagine that anger is the sole substance of their work....It is important to note that although most of the contributors t…
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Stanley, Colin. "The Age of Defeat". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2008
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