The Middle Class in the Great Depression: Popular Women’s Novels of the 1930s

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Jennifer Haytock puts the magnifying glass on middle class life that was usually overlooked during the Depression, much more attention being focused on the lower than the mid- or upper-classes. She does this by recapping and analyzing several books by women authors detailing the everyday lives of the middle class, which was the main hook for me. Another cornucopia of forgotten women writers!

I came away with a dozen more titles to investigate, which will hopefully be more enjoyable than reading the recaps from Haytock. Then again, it could be a complete bust, since I see titles in here that I’ve already attempted (Katharine Brush’s rather weak This is on Me that I couldn’t finish).

For perusal:

  • We Too Are Drifting by Gale Wilhelm
  • My Story & The Wall by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • If I have Four Apples by Josephine Lawrence
  • Now in November by Josephine Johnson
  • Edna Ferber’s So Big & American Beauty (same as movie?)
  • Fannie Hurst’s Imitation of Life & Bank Street
  • Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes