Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Saturday Book

'The Saturday Book was an annual miscellany, published from 1941 to 1975, reaching 34 volumes. It was edited initially by Leonard Russell and from 1952 by John Hadfield. A final compilation, The Best of the Saturday Book, was published in 1981. The publisher throughout was Hutchinson's.

The Saturday Book provided literary and artistic commentary about life in Britain during the Second World War and the ensuing decades. It covered a range of arts, including ballet and music. Many writers contributed poems as well as essays.
The very first volume totalled 444 pages, but, with paper in short supply, the length of the second was slashed to 274 pages. From the third to the 24th volumes the number fluctuated between 288 and 304 pages, but the remaining ten ran to no more than 256 pages each, with the last one dropping to 240 pages.
In 2002 Nekta Publications published What’s Where in The Saturday Books: A Comprehensive Guide and Index by Peter Rowland, 154 pages long, which provides an index and guide to the whole series.'
- Wikipedia

Thanks to Merfyn O. Jones for the pictures

1 comment:

Catherine Aldred said...

Absolutely love the Saturday Book! I have a copy of the 7th issue (1947)plus another from 1950(10th issue). Would love to expand my collection!

Catherine Aldred (Illustrator)