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In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to some of the greatest poets in our literature.

Dying at twenty-five, a week before the end of the First World War, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) has come to represent a generation of young men sacrificed - as it seems to the next generation, one in unprecedented rebellion against its fathers - by guilty old men: generals, politicians, profiteers. Owen has now taken his place in literary history as perhaps the first, certainly the quintessential, war poet.

"One of the finest biographies of our time." (Graham Greene)"An outstanding book, a worthy memorial to its subject." (Kingsley Amis Observer)"An excellent book, not a critical study but a biography that shows unobtrusive critical acumen as well as deep imaginative understanding. It is as lovingly detailed as the records of Owen's short life permit, but it is always fascinatingly readable, in fact engrossing." (John Lehmann Sunday Telegraph)"This stunning work of non-fiction is a moving tribute to one of the giants of 20th century literature and deserves your immediate attention." (UK Press Syndication)"Indispensable to any student of Wilfred Owen's life and work." (Scotsman) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 96 pages
  • Jon Stallworthy(Editor)
  • Faber & Faber; Main - Poet to Poet edition (4 Mar. 2004)
  • English
  • 6
  • Biography

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  • By Loverofbooks on 16 December 2013

    I was introduced to Wilfred Owen's poetry many years ago by a colleague who used to recite as a 'party piece' the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' - and I never failed to be moved by the words. Over the years I have often used Owen's poetry in talks, addresses, presentations, readings and sermons. Once, as a young curate, I used 'Parable of the Old Men and the Young' at a Remembrance Day Service; after I had finished there was a seemingly eternal silence, before a Second World War veteran came up to me and grabbed my hand and said, "Thank God someone has had the guts to say it how it was."Although I read the more recent biography by Dominic Hibberd, I found it dry and lacking in soul, this biography though is first rate. I appreciate this is a reprint, but nevertheless Jon Stallworthy's book stands as a great biography and both concisely written and very lively to read.This reprint is well presented and a sturdy book to hold, read from and keep.

  • By Guest on 21 July 2017

    The poems themselves are fascinating and the introduction is good, but I was not expecting almost every page to be full to the brim with pencilled notes, especially since the description claimed that it was in 'very good' condition with no mention of notes. This is rather annoying.

  • By M T. on 1 July 2015

    Still reading it as part of A Level Eng Lit. A bit slow-moving in parts but it is useful to get a picture of this author's life prior to WW1, and as documentary on the life in Edwardian England. The author is one of the foremost experts on the subject of Owen and his works, so the book is very well done.

  • By Turbo on 5 April 2011

    This was purchased for my wife (it was a used item as there were no new ones and it was as good as new). She has not had her head out of it since I bought it and I think she is now reading it for the second time, she has told me he was a very interesting gentleman and it was a present she is delighted with.

  • By Richard A Pope on 30 December 2014

    Excellent biography of the soldier poet...traces the humanity, heroism and tragedy of a life cut short.....


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