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This is a literary biography of Richard Aldington, founding member of the Imagist Movement, poet of the First World War, author of Death of a Hero and a biography of D.H. Lawrence. Aldington’s is an extraordinary human story dealing with contemporary issues, such as confrontation of sexual mores of the day and the impact of his soldier experience on his life and work. There hasn’t been a recent biography of Aldington, the only one of the war poets not to have one. With the interest in the First World War increasing as we near the centenary, the time is right for this book. This biography explores the relationships of Aldington with other prominent literary figures: Ezra Pound, Herbert Read, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and his unsuccessful marriage with H.D. This biography covers Aldington’s life and work up to 1929. It investigates the years 1911-1915 in which Aldington helped found Modernism and formed relationships with other Modernists, the years 1916-19 when his life fell apart after his soldier experience, the years 1920-28 when he tried to re-establish his literary career, laid the foundations of modern literary criticism, and his writing of Death of a Hero at the end of the decade, a blistering attack on all that had made the war possible.
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A retired teacher of English and Media Studies with a special interest in the literature of the First World War, Vivien Whelpton has published journal articles and monographs in this field and conducted battlefield tours. She is an active member of: The Guild of BattlefieldGuides; The Western Front Association; The War Poets Association; The Wilfred Owen Association (currently a member of the subcommittee planning the International Wilfred wen Conference in 2018); The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship; The Biographers’ Club and The Gallipoli Association.Review:
To describe Aldington as a complicated individual is an understatement, and to call his relationships with other people complex is equally inadequate. It is one of the strengths of Whelpton's biography that she examines these complexities with great patience, clarity and objectivity... Whelpton is scrupulous in distinguishing between documented fact and fictionalized reconstruction and hypothesis... To read this biography is to be convicted that Aldington still deserves and important place in the history of English literature and literary life of the twentieth century. Vivien Whelpton has thus written a challenging book about an author most publishers still prefer to ignore, and Lutterworth Press is to be congratulated for publishing it. (Adrian Barlow The Use of English, Vol. 65 N. 3 Summer 2014)
This is a skilfully written biography. The writer displays a huge knowledge of the life of her subject and a very good grasp of the contemporary literature and other artistic expressions of the age. (Marysa Demoor English Literature in Transition 1880–1920, vol 58 issue 4, 2015)
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Book Description Lutterworth Press, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0718893182
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