Once upon a time there was a genre of English fiction called the rural novel. These books were set in the country, often featured sexual themes, and were mostly pessimistic about the human condition. Some critics referred to rural novels as Lust In The Loam, and they were fairly popular with readers. In 1932, Cold Comfort Farm was published and it all but killed the English rural novel. Cold Comfort Farm is a satire of Lust in the Loam books. During her job at a newspaper, the author Stella Gibbons had to prepare a synopsis of The House In Dormir Forest by rural novelist Mary Webb, and thought it was simply absurd. Cold Comfort Farm was her reaction not only to Webb, but to other rural novelists as well.
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