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A Grain of Faith: Religion in Mid-Century British Literature

Allan Hepburn


During and after the Second World War, religion informed British literature and culture. Leading writers contributed to discussions about faith and spiritual life, inside and outside organized religion. Graham Greene, Muriel Spark, and Barbara Pym incorporated miracles, evil, and church-going into their novels, while Louis MacNeice, T. S. Eliot, and C. S. Lewis gave radio broadcasts about the role of Christianity in contemporary society. Certainly the war revived interest in aspects of Christian life: salvation and redemption were on many people’s minds. The Ministry of Information used images ... More

Keywords: religion, faith, Second World War, mid-century, statehood, responsibility, church, conversion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198828570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198828570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan Hepburn, author
Professor of English, McGill University