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the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of
publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions
remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden
tradition to light.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Lee, Laurie
Laurence Edward Alan Lee M.B.E. (b. June 26, 1914 – d. May 13, 1997)
was an English poet, novelist, and screenwriter
He was born in the village of Slad, Gloucestershire, and schooled
at the Stroud Central School, leaving at fifteen to become an errand boy. He later worked as an office
clerk and a builder's labourer, and lived in London for a year
before walking across Europe and around Spain. He started to study for an art degree, but returned to Spain
as an International Brigade volunteer. His service in the Spanish Civil War was cut short by his physical shortcomings
(he suffered from epilepsy).
During the Second World War, he became a scriptwriter with the GPO film unit, working on numerous documentary films.
He was also a poet and published four volumes of poetry during and shortly after the Second World War.
From 1950-51 he was 'Curator of Eccentricities' for the Festival of Britain.
His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie (1959),
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) / A Rose In Winter, and A Moment of War (1991).
Whilst the first volume famously deals with his childhood in the idyllic Slad Valley,
and has introduced generations of school children to a faithful account of rural
life, the second deals with his leaving home for London and his first visit to
Spain in 1934, where he found a traditional rural country on the brink of civil war.
Lee provided a great deal of valuable support to the
Brotherhood of Ruralists as they established themselves in the
1970s, and he continued to do so until his death. His essay "Understanding the Ruralists"
opened the Brotherhood's major 1993 retrospective book. Indeed, it was Lee who is said to have
given them the name of Ruralists.
Laurie Lee died in 1997, aged 83.