The Metamorphoses of Wyndham Lewis’s The Human Age: Medium, Intertextuality, Genre



The Childermass, the first part of Lewis’s trilogy The Human Age,1 was published in 1928, but it did not attract a larger audience until after 1951. This expansion of interest was achieved, paradoxically, through the efforts of an enterprising left-wing BBC producer, D. G. Bridson,2 and via the medium of radio, on 18 June of that year, when Bridson realised one of his ‘most cherished projects for Third Programme’, and broke Lewis’s blockage with the larger project.3. Bridson, who was (unofficially) in charge of production of Third Programme poetry and who had strong views on the role of radio in the oral transmission of various forms of writing,4 had first read The Childermass in 1932, well before his involvement with radio, and had Șbeen struck by its great dramatic possibilities as pure theatre’.5 The critical acclaim was such that the BBC advanced to Lewis enough money for the two years of writing which he estimated were required to complete the trilogy.


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