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    Max Egremont(Author)

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2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed would be the war to end all wars. And while the First World War devastated Europe, it inspired profound poetry – words in which the atmosphere and landscape of battle are evoked perhaps more vividly than anywhere else.



The poets – many of whom were killed – show not only the war’s tragedy but the hopes and disappointments of a generation of men. In Some Desperate Glory, historian and biographer Max Egremont gives us a transfiguring look at the life and work of this assemblage of poets. Wilfred Owen with his flaring genius; the intense, compassionate Siegfried Sassoon; the composer Ivor Gurney; Robert Graves who would later spurn his war poems; the nature-loving Edward Thomas; the glamorous Fabian Socialist Rupert Brooke; and the shell-shocked Robert Nichols all fought in the war, and their poetry is a bold act of creativity in the face of unprecedented destruction.



Some Desperate Glory will include a chronological anthology of their poems, with linking commentary, telling the story of the war through their art. This unique volume unites the poetry and the history of the war, so often treated separately, granting readers the pride, strife, and sorrow of the individual soldier’s experience coupled with a panoramic view of the war’s toll on an entire nation.

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Max Egremont(Author)
  • Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (12 Mar. 2015)
  • English
  • 6
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By Viktor Wynd on 24 September 2014

    a fascinating - if poignant book. i have it in a pile of book by the fire in my study and frequently dip in with pleasure

  • By ChrisC on 4 September 2015

    The book was in great condition and arrived quickly,As for the contents: some great poetry that really captures the time and manages to give a fresh slant on these much reviewed but loved poems.

  • By Mr. Eric Smith on 28 August 2015

    This is a Masterpiece. A close examination of eleven Soldiers who were poets - six who died, five who survived. An absolute must for anyone interested in The Soldier Poets.

  • By BB on 16 May 2015

    Bought two copies as gifts. Delighted.Prompt delivery.

  • By a j mcguire on 25 August 2016

    Excellent service and book

  • By Nick on 25 October 2014

    Bought this on a whim - wished i hadn't! I quickly realised it just wasn't for me! But it may be for you??


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