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ID
c156
Title
"Lost World of Fancy."
Genre
Essay
Page Count
3
Word Count
2400
Publisher
Everybody's Weekly
Publication Year
1954
Document Types
Full-text Online
Autobiographical
Topics
Rushden, Childhood

An essay on street games played under the lights of Rushden shops during Bates's youth. Bates bemoans that "another war, a million motor cars and a Welfare State have produced streets in which children cannot play and, what is perhaps worse, children who have not the slightest desire to play in them even if they could." An undated typescript for a radio broadcast (attached) touches on the same topics (no broadcast date has been identified). Bates also wrote about street games in his autobiography (Vanished World, 47) and in the story "Sally Go Round the Moon." In Everybody's Weekly (London, March 27, 1954, pp. 24-25, 46).


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