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Edmund Blunden
Author: Barry Webb

ISBN: 9780300046342
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 11 December 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 3.81 x 16.51 x 24.77
Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) ranks among the most prodigious literary talents of Britain in the twentieth century. As an author, he is best known for 'Undertones of War', a moving account of the First World War by one of its youngest soldier poets. But he was also a biographer, an editor, a scholar, a teacher, and professor in Hong Kong, Japan, and Oxford. This book - the first biography of Blunden and written with the cooperation of his family - captures the man, his full career, and the literary environment in which he lived. Drawing from many thousands of Blunden's letters, diaries, and other personal papers round the world, as well as from interviews with friends and colleagues, Barry Webb traces the writer's boyhood in Kent, his schooldays at Christ's Hospital, his two years in the trenches of the Somme and Passchendaele, and the career that extended from journalism in postwar London to the chair of poetry at Oxford in 1966. Blunden was the author of over a thousand poems, more than three thousand articles and reviews, and biographies of Shelley and Leigh Hunt, and he was the first major editor of John Clare and Wilfred Owen. Webb describes this active literary life and prov...

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