From Journey's End to The Dam Busters

The Life of R.C. Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches

Roland Wales

* First comprehensive biography of R.C. Sherriff - an important 20th-century literary figure for over 30 years

* Describes how Sherriff's most famous play, Journey's End, was based on his own experiences of the First World War trenches

* Describes the attempts made by the Nazis to influence Hollywood film makers during the 1930s

* Reveals the
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
30 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473860698
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Kingston playwright R.C. Sherriff came to fame with his First World War drama Journey’s End, which was based on his own experiences as a young officer on the Western Front. Its success made him a household name and opened the door to a highly lucrative career as a novelist, playwright and screenwriter in Hollywood and in Britain.

Many of his movies – The Invisible Man, Goodbye Mr Chips, The Four Feathers Odd Man Out, Quartet, and, of course, The Dam Busters – are still well known, but the man behind them much less so. This book rediscovers Sherriff using his own words – his letters, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts – to shed light on a man who ironically gained his greatest success from the trench warfare he found so difficult to bear.

About The Author

Roland Wales worked as an economist at the Bank of England for many years, and then as Policy Director at the Labour Party. His previous book, _From Journey’s End to The Dam Busters: The Life of R.C. Sherriff, Playwright of the Trenches_, was published by Pen & Sword in 2016.

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