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Some Unpublished Letters of Lafcadio Hearn

Source: Osman Edwards, ‘Some Unpublished Letters of Lafcadio Hearn’, Transactions and Proceedings of the Japan Society, vol. 16 (1918), pp. 16-32 Text: We know how he loved to mingle unobtrusively with the joys and sorrows of his unsophisticated neighbours. He … Continue reading

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Diary of Frances Stevenson

Source: Frances Stevenson, diary entry for 4 August 1916, Parliamentary Archives, FLS/4 Text: Friday, 4 August 1916 We went on Wednesday night to a private view of the “Somme Films” i.e. the pictures taken during the recent fighting. To say … Continue reading

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Triumphant March into Port Arthur

Source: Hyakken Uchida (trans. Rachel DiNitto), ‘Triumphant March into Port Arthur’, in Realm of the Dead (Dalkey Archive Press, 2006 – orig. pub. in Ryojun Nyujōshiki, 1934) Text: I went to a film festival of old moving pictures at Hosei … Continue reading

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Is it right to let us see men dying?

Source: James Douglas, extracts from article in The Star, 25 September 1916, p. 2, quoted in Nicholas Reeves, Official British Film Propaganda During the First World War (London: Croom Helm, 1986), pp. 244-245 Text: Is it right to let us … Continue reading

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The Log of a Noncombatant

Source: Horace Green, The Log of a Noncombatant (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1915), pp. 127-129 Text: I was conscious of a distinct break between the crisp, official atmosphere of Berlin — where the war hurts least and the mechanical appearance of … Continue reading

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Germs

Source: Richard Wollheim, Germs: A Memoir of Childhood (London: The Waywiser Press, 2004), pp. 40-46 Text: At about the time when I came of an age to notice novelty, and no longer assumed that the world as I now looked … Continue reading

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Source: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (London: Penguin, 2003 – orig. pub. 1949), pp. 4-5, 10-11 Text:Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig iron and the overfulfillment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen … Continue reading

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Watching War Films With My Dad

Source: Al Murray, Watching War Films With My Dad (London: Random House, 2013), pp. 12-15 Text: War films were a mainstay of British male popular culture when I was growing up in the Seventies. To some the Seventies is all … Continue reading

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Father and I

Source: Kazuo Koizumi, Father and I; memories of Lafcadio Hearn (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935, pp. 51-52 Text: Here is something quite different. It was once when father went to see a movie. One evening Lieutenant Fujisaki came saying that he … Continue reading

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Newsreels

Source: Extract from Len England, Mass-Observation File Report 215: Newsreels (June), 19 June 1940, reproduced from http://bufvc.ac.uk/wp-content/media/2009/06/mo_report_215.pdf. Original file report held at Mass-Observation Archive, University of Sussex Text: Mention was made in the last report of the horrifying effect that … Continue reading

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