This collection introduces the reader to the life and times of Stuart Hood (1915-2011). Highlighting Hood's year spent fighting with the Italian Resistance during the Second World War, the essays consider how his experiences as a partisan influenced his peacetime trajectory. Written by distinguished scholars from several disciplines, each chapter examines different aspects of Hood's life and work, including his Scottish boyhood and university education in Edinburgh; his distinguished career as a broadcaster presiding over an era of unprecedented creativity at BBC television; his role in the establishment of the discipline of media studies; and his contribution to radical European culture as the translator 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 assesses his many-faceted achievements, demonstrating how his life provides fresh insights into twentieth-century European history. This book will appeal to readers interested in the history of British and European socialism, media studies and literature.
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages: 257
Dimensions: 212 x 148 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
"Stuart Hood's life is fascinating. He was a participant in many critical events of the last century, of which he revealed little. A fighter with Italian partisans, an intellectual, a novelist, active in Trotskyist politics yet a figure of the BBC establishment-it is hard to think of someone so intriguing or so enigmatic. I look forward to learning more about this extraordinary man."Ken Loach"Stuart Hood was an extraordinary figure. A partisan in Italy in the Second World War, writer of fiction and non-fiction, acute cultural commentator, leading figure in the BBC, academic, a brilliant translator and much more besides. This collection of sparkling essays, the first to look at Hood's life and works in an in-depth way, provides context and analysis and a flavour of Hood's talents and contributions in so many fields."John FootProfessor of Modern Italian History, University of Bristol