Wilfred Owen: A Biography (Oxford Paperbacks)

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A revised and updated edition of Jon Stallworthy's prize-winning and classic biography of the great World War One poet, Wilfred Owen.

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.

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JON STALLWORTHY, born in 1935, was educated at Rugby, in the Royal West African Frontier Force, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize of Poetry. Formerly the poetry editor of Oxford University Press, Stallworthy is professor emeritus of English at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. He has published seven books of poetry. His biography of Wilfred Owen won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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"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 *

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