Subject strengths: General
The 20th Century Collection, because it contains books which were published 1900-1999, is multi-disciplinary in its subject coverage. Literature is represented in the works of such authors as Siegfried Sassoon, T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Jon Silkin and Robert Graves. There is local history, in the form of Jackson, G. The Boer War and the Liberal Party in Newcastle and Gateshead (1998); Willis, P. Capability Brown in Northumberland (1983) and Pawson, H.C. Cockle Park Farm: an account of the work of the Cockle Park Experimental Station from 1896-1956 (1960).
Whilst there are some items relating to World War I, there is a significant amount of material relating to World War II - published 1939-1943, often by Penguin (or the Pelican imprint) in the iconic early paperback series. This material includes E.O. Lorimer's What Hitler Wants  - a Penguin Special which achieved record-breaking sales, as well as F. Lafitte, The internment of aliens (1940) and Glover, E. The psychology of fear and courage (1940).
Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:
Collection Name: 20th Century Collection
Library Search Collection Ref Code: 20th C. Coll
Date Range of Material
1900 - 1999
Type of Material
Rare book collection
Size of Collection
41 Linear Metres of shelving
How To Order Items From This Collection
The books within this collection are described within the Newcastle University Library Search and can be ordered directly from the catalogue.
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Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for October 2014, November 2014, July 2015 and January 2016.
Material from this collection has been included in the exhibition 'Books We Forgot to Remember: the radical tradition in British children's literature of the early twentieth century'.
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