Alexander Baron: Rosie Hogarth

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  • Andrew Whitehead

Alexander Baron’s literary reputation rests on the humanity of his novels of the Second World War and the grittiness of his depiction of post-war London. Rosie Hogarth is in many ways a work of transition, straddling the two main themes of Baron’s fiction. His first novel From the City, From the Plough, which sold massively when published in 1948, is a powerful account of the infantry man’s experience of D-Day four years earlier. His 1963 novel, The Lowlife, about an obsessive Jewish gambler living in Dalston, one of the grimier districts of inner London, has become a cult classic and is the work for which he is now best remembered. Rosie Hogarth, which appeared in 1951, is not a war novel, y…

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Whitehead, Andrew. "Rosie Hogarth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 June 2010
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