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George M. Johnson has published a number of books and articles on modern writers, including Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction and, recently, Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature and Beyond (both with Palgrave Macmillan). His comic play “Still Life With Nudes” won several awards, including the National Playwriting Competition, sponsored by the Regina Little Theatre. It was published in Ryga: A Journal of Provocations and in the U.S.A. by ArtAge Senior Resource Center. His screenplay “The Wonder” was a Finalist in the British Independent Film Festival Competition. Most recently his screenplay “Peace Pledge,” about the 1930s peace movement, received Honorable Mention in the Euroscript Screenplay Competition (London) and was a Finalist in the Script Doctor “Contest of Contest Winners Screenplay Competition” in L.A.. Johnson is Professor and Chair of the English and Modern Languages Department at Thompson Rivers University, where he teaches creative writing and literature.

Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature and Beyond: Grappling with Ghosts

How did people respond to the overwhelming loss of loved ones during the First World War? Many took their lead from iconic early twentieth-century writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Oliver Lodge, J.M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf, Wilfred Owen, and Aldous Huxley, among others, who embraced some form of mysticism as a means of coping.

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