Robert Chesshyre

Snapping The Depression

Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

By

W W Norton 536pp £25 order from our bookshop

Many nights over the past eighteen months, stark footage of the Great Depression – shabby men in soup queues, emaciated families huddled in makeshift tents, destitute panhandlers – has flashed up on the TV news. Eighty years after the Wall Street Crash, as we seek to recover from the banking crisis of 2008, the pictures retain their ability to shock and frighten. Could it happen again? Is our generally comfortable existence really that vulnerable? The power of these images is instant: they are a shorthand for the fragility of the financial arrangements on which we depend.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,