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Potterism by Rose Macaulay

Potterism (1920)

by Rose Macaulay

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An odd little novel, reading rather like an early work by a young writer, but actually coming from the middle of Macaulay's writing career. It doesn't quite seem to be able to make its mind up whether it's intended to be a serious satire or a light comedy - I suppose that particular doubt is already signalled in the subtitle. It also manages casually to throw in an awful lot of rather crude antisemitic comments. Even by the standards of the time I think Macaulay was overdoing it a bit for a book that has a supposedly sympathetic Jewish central character.

The story centres around a group of clever young people who launch a campaign against the mediocrity and commercialism of British intellectual life, a quality they dub "Potterism," taking the name from a prominent press baron and his wife, a popular novelist. Naturally, two of the leading anti-Potterites are the Potters' children. When they have to face the challenges of normal adult life in the aftermath of the Great War, they find that Potterism is more difficult to resist than they expected. ( )
  thorold | Aug 25, 2012 |
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To the unsentimental precisians in thought, who have, on this confused, inaccurate, and empotional planet, no fit habitation
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Johnny and Jane Porter, being twins, went through Oxford together.
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