Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 August 2003

320 Pages | 12 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719063343

Bookseller Code (06)


Comrade heart

A life of Randall Swingler

Andy Croft

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Tells the extraordinary story of the English poet Randall Swingler, godson of the Archbishop of Canterbury, communist, librettist, publisher, propagandist, poet and war-hero
  • Focuses on the Second World War and the story of the African and Italian campaigns, recorded uniquely through the eyes of the ordinary soldier
  • A case-study of the intellectual consequences of the Cold War in Britain, McCarthyism AND Zhdanovism
  • It is a book about poetry and music
  • And it is a love story
  • A wholly original contribution to an area of literary history which reclaims the lost history of the London literary Left
  • Differs from most other books about poetry and politics in Britain in the middle decades of the twentieth century by drawing on new and original sources