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Heirs Apparent is typical of Gibb's fiction in that it explores a problem taken from the headlines—in this case, Youth—and begins with scenes designed to worry the typical serious and concerned liberal reader. Young men at Oxford are wasting their time in drunken parties and stunts. Julian, the hero, is on his final warning, and decides to leave the University before being sent down. His (platonic) girl friend Audrey actually is sent down, for coming back to college late (and destroying a fellow-student’s property when clambering in at a window).
Breezily, Julian decides that he has had enough of education, and wants to dedicate himself to Literature (so he begins to write a verse drama). Gradually the events of the novel teach him that life is serious and earnest, and that enterprises begun in fun can end in pain.
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Author Bio for Gibbs, Philip
Sir Philip Armand Hamilton Gibbs (1 May 1877—10 March 1962) was an English journalist and prolific author of books who served as one of five official British reporters during the First World War.
A man of decidedly liberal views, Gibbs took an interest in popular movements of the time, including the suffragettes, publishing a book on the British women's suffrage movement in 1910. With tensions growing in Europe in the years immediately preceding 1914, Gibbs repeatedly expressed a belief that war could be avoided between the Entente and Central Powers. In the event, war broke out in August 1914 and Gibbs secured an early journalistic posting to the Western Front. It was not long before the War Office in London resolved to "manage" popular information about the war, partly by censorship of war reporting. Gibbs was denied permission to remain on the Western Front; he stubbornly refused to return but was duly arrested and sent home.
Gibbs was not long out of official favour, however. Along with four other men he was officially accredited as a war correspondent, his work appearing in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Chronicle. The price he had to pay for accreditation was to submit to effective censorship. He agreed, although unhappy with the arrangement. Gibbs' wartime output was prodigious. He produced a stream of newspaper articles and a series of books: The Soul of the War, The Battle of the Somme, From Bapaume to Passchendaele, and The Realities of War.
The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 brought Gibbs a renewed appointment as a war correspondent, this time for the Daily Sketch. This proved a brief stint however and he spent part of the war employed by the Ministry of Information. After the war he continued to write about the effects of the war in Europe. He passed away in 1962.
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