Stuart Hood: Twentieth-Century Partisan

Hutchison, David and Johnson, David eds. (2020). Stuart Hood: Twentieth-Century Partisan. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.



This collection introduces the life and work of Stuart Hood (1915-2011). Highlighting Hood’s year fighting with the Italian Resistance during the Second World War, the essays consider how his experiences as a partisan leader guided his peacetime trajectory. Written by distinguished scholars from several disciplines, each chapter examines different aspects of Hood’s life: his Scottish boyhood and university education in Edinburgh; his distinguished career as a broadcaster presiding over an era of unprecedented creativity on BBC television; his role in the establishment of the discipline of Media Studies; and his contribution to radical European culture as the transla-tor of 40 literary works from Italian, German, French and Russian, and as the author of eight acclaimed novels. Stuart Hood’s reticence made him an enigma to many who knew him; this collection unlocks his many-faceted achievements, demonstrating how his life provides a fascinating key to understanding the major conflicts in twentieth-century European history.

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