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The International Circulation and Impact of Invasion Fiction

Case Study of William Le Queux's The Invasion of 1910 – ‘Not an ordinary “pot-boiler”’

Ailise Bulfin

popularity of invasion fiction more generally, and to give insight into both the wider workings of the popular fiction industry and the nature, extent and impact of invasion fears in the early twentieth century. 11 It opens with an examination of the

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‘William Le Queux, Master of Misinformation’

Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

Matin's article demonstrates, a close examination of the mechanisms of invasion fiction suggests that these texts likely effected their ends by what we can retrospectively identify as their authors’ intuitive grasp and exploitation of powerful judgement

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The Mysterious Mr Le Queux

War Novelist, Defence Publicist and Counterspy

Roger T. Stearn

from his memoirs. Most obituaries and the ‘official biography’ ignored her. 55 According to his biographer, Le Queux was ‘very reticent about his private affairs’. Invasion fiction Alfred Harmsworth transformed the British press. Ambitious

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‘At the Mercy of the German Eagle’

Images of London in Dissolution in the Novels of William Le Queux

Antony Taylor

of the novels, providing important illustrative material, plot devices and physical evidence of Britain's openness to invasion. East Anglia loomed large in a number of these invasion fictions, confirming the region's reputation for mysterious

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Radical Reactionary

The Politics of William Le Queux

Harry Wood

the radical right more commonly employed in a derisory and crudely anti-Semitic fashion. 12 Nevertheless, the ideas and anxieties that colour his invasion fiction echo many of the causes célèbres that characterised the extremes of the Edwardian

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Gauging the Propagandist's Talents

William Le Queux's Dubious Place in Literary History: Part One

A. Michael Matin

customary world. —Charles F. G. Masterman, The Condition of England (1909) It may be argued that the spy and invasion fictions which have been pouring from the Press are beneath contempt from the literary point of view, and so they are. But

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“Be Prepared!” (But Not Too Prepared)

Scouting, Soldiering, and Boys’ Roles in World War I

Lucy Andrew

the army was often put in humorous or ironical context” in sources that exposed the quasi-adult independence and impact of the Scout as an illusion (1993:189). One such source is P. G. Wodehouse’s invasion fiction satire The Swoop! Or How Clarence