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    Jon Stallworthy(Author)

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Of all the poets of the First World War, Wilfred Owen most fires the imagination today. This biography is more than a simple account of his life - the childhood spent in the backstreets of Birkenhead and Shrewsbury, the appalling months in the trenches - it is a poet's enquiry into the workings of a poet's mind.


This paperback reproduces all the widely praised illustrations of the original edition, including drawings by the poet and facsimile manuscripts of many of his greatest poems. As 'a portrait of the artist', the book has proved, as the Scotsman predicted, 'indispensable to any student of Wilfred Owen's life and work'.


Called by Graham Greene ‘surely one of the finest biographies of our time’, Wilfred Owen won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the W.H. Smith & Son Literary Award, and the E.M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In its use of verse manuscripts to reveal the working of the creative imagination, it inaugurated a new form of literary biography. This edition is revised and updated and includes a new preface by the author.

"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 the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 347 pages
  • Jon Stallworthy(Author)
  • Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (7 Nov. 1974)
  • English
  • 9
  • 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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