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‘Take the Place of Valium’: Mills & Boon Ltd.

Joseph McAleer

in Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain 1914–1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203292
eISBN:
9780191675843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203292.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Mills & Boon exploited with great success the demand for light fiction, becoming one of the principal suppliers of the circulating libraries. However, the firm exemplifies the major structural ... More


A Boon without Mills, 1929–1945

Joseph McAleer

in Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204558
eISBN:
9780191676345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204558.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

By 1929, the firm's best-selling authors were all writing romantic fiction. The 1930s heralds a boom for Mills & Boon, a golden age for the company. An analysis of the firm's balance sheet during ... More


The Bubble Nearly Bursts, 1914–1928

Joseph McAleer

in Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204558
eISBN:
9780191676345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204558.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

The story of Mills & Boon's next fifteen years is not nearly as rosy as that of the firm's first five years. The 1920s would bring a rapid decline in Mills & Boon's fortunes. At the end of the ... More


The 1930s: A Genre is Born

Joseph McAleer

in Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204558
eISBN:
9780191676345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204558.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

The 1930s was still a time of experimentation, and novels were novels in their own right. Charles Boon did not impose many restrictions on his authors and, to a large extent, relied on the authors ... More


Introduction: Look Back in Amusement

Joseph McAleer

in Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204558
eISBN:
9780191676345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204558.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

Ninety years after its founding, Mills & Boon is one of only two British publishers to have become a household name in Britain and throughout the Commonwealth. The story of Mills & Boon is almost a ... More


The 1940s: Flying the Flag

Joseph McAleer

in Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204558
eISBN:
9780191676345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204558.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

In a time when reading increased along with the desire to escape from the harsh everyday reality, Mills & Boon's romantic fiction sold well. In all respects the basic tenets of the fledgeling Mills & ... More


Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon

Joseph McAleer

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204558
eISBN:
9780191676345
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204558.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This is the first history of Mills & Boon, the British publishing phenomenon that has become a household name, synonymous with romantic fiction. This book, published on the firm's 90th anniversary, ... More


The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Mererid Puw Davies

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242757
eISBN:
9780191697180
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242757.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

‘Bluebeard’, in which women are slaughtered by a monstrous husband and their bodies hidden in a horrible chamber, is the most hair-raising of tales; yet with its happy ending, it also has a utopian ... More


Introduction: Sir Gawain and French Arthurian Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the connection between the romantic fiction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French tradition of Arthurian romance. ... More


The Landscape of Courtly Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the civilizing impulse in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by considering the opposite of civilization or the world outside the castle. Unlike most authors of romantic fiction, ... More


The Sarashina Diary: A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167185
eISBN:
9780231537452
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167185.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

A thousand years ago, a young Japanese girl embarked on a journey from the wild East Country to the capital. She began a diary that she would continue to write for the next forty years and compile ... More


The Social Function of Courtly Romance

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the social function of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the romantic works of Chretien de Troyes. It questions the assumption that Arthurian romance displays a resentment and ... More


Conclusion

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the connection between the romantic fiction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the French tradition of Arthurian romance. The findings reveal ... More


‘The Ubiquitous Shop-girl’: The Thrills and Perils of Selling

Katherine Mullin

in Working Girls: Fiction, Sexuality, and Modernity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198724841
eISBN:
9780191792342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724841.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter brings the shop-girl’s relentless glamorization in a series of musical comedies, early films, magazine journalism, and popular fictions into dialogue with reformist unease about her ... More


The Convention of Hospitality

Ad Putter

in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182535
eISBN:
9780191673825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182535.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the description of hospitality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It compares the hospitality scene in this work to those of Old French Arthurian romances and suggests that ... More


The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory

Andrew Blaikie

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748617869
eISBN:
9780748653515
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617869.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

How do people relate to places and the past? Visions of nation and community, from Adam Ferguson's ideas on the development of civil society to John Grierson's pioneering of documentary film, reflect ... More


Love, Romance, and the National Health Service

Joseph McAleer

in Classes, Cultures, and Politics: Essays on British History for Ross McKibbin

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199579884
eISBN:
9780191804496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199579884.003.0011
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter considers popular fiction inspired by the National Health Service (NHS) after World War II that was supportive and sympathetic of the emerging health care system. It explores the ... More


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