Abstract

The career novel genre flourished briefly in the decade from the early 1950s. By the middle of the 1960s it was redundant as teenagers stayed longer at school and opportunities for entering university increased after the Robbins Report in 1963. The age of career decision making was lengthened from the minimum school leaving age at fifteen to as old as twenty-one or twenty-two for graduates. This age span of six years did not form a coherent enough market to sustain the genre. Changing moral codes also meant that the idea of marriage as the holy grail for female school leavers was diminishing and the persona of the career girl (as is noted in the following chapter on magazines) who combined home and family was increasingly accepted.

Keywords

Cage Hull Editing Lost Heroine 

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© Stephanie Spencer 2005

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  • Stephanie Spencer
    • 1
  1. 1.University College WinchesterUK

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