Date of Award
Master of Arts
In the history of England, as well as in the history of the English stage, 1956 was a momentous year. It was the year of the Suez, the year that saw the destruction of the myth of the British empire. And it was the year of the Hungarian Revolution, which crushed liberal illusions about Soviet Russia. In 1956 the old idols were crumbling fast, and defense of tradition was fast becoming not only impossible but ludicrous. The bankruptcy of the older generation was apparent; it was time for the new to speak out.
Bedell, Jeanne Fenrick, "The new British drama 1956-1966 : a critical study of four dramatists: John Osborne, Brendan Behan, Arnold Wesker, and John Arden" (1967). Master's Theses. 259.