"The poor man's club": The Middle Classes, the Public House, and the Idea of Community in the Nineteen-Thirties
Abstract

Abstract:

This essay analyzes the ways in which interwar writers such as Hamilton, Hampson, Massingham, Orwell, and those involved with Mass-Observation rewrote Victorian ideas of pubs as the products of personal failure, figuring them instead as communal centres. It explores images of the public house as a refuge from advanced capitalism and the social functions it actually served.