Wilfred Owen: The definitive biography of the best-loved war poet (Paperback)Dominic Hibberd (author)
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The definitive biography of the war poet - 'Dominic Hibberd has probably done more more than any other individual to illuminate Owen's life and work. His new Life is a triumph ... it is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded' Mark Bostridge, The Independent on Sunday
When Wilfred Owen died in 1918 aged 25, only five of his poems had been published. Yet he became one of the most popular poets of the 20th century. For decades his public image was controlled by family and friends, especially his brother Harold who was terrified anyone might think Wilfred was gay. In recent years much new material has become available. This book, based on over thirty years of wide-ranging research, brings new information to almost every part of Owen's life. Owen emerges as a complex, fascinating and often endearing character with an intense delight in being alive.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 39 mm
At times you feel as if you are there with Owen as he flinches under shellfire or freezes on the exposed slopes of the Somme. He (Wilfred Owen) deserved - but has so far lacked - a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here * NEW STATESMAN *
This rich, compelling, formidably researched enterprise...is the fruit of half a lifetime's devotion to Owen's memory -- John Carey * SUNDAY TIMES *
Hibberd's biography is particularly effective in communicating a sense of his subject's shy charm * LITERARY REVIEW *
Literary biography of the first order, splendidly written and thoroughly documented.... Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
A magisterial biography * NEW YORK TIMES *
This book is exemplary in its thoroughness, imaginative sympathy and good sense...what is most striking is the insight Hibberd brings to texts that have been common property for decades * FINANCIAL TIMES *
Owen deserved - but has so far lacked - a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here -- Nigel Jones * BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE *
At last - a compassionate, uncensored appraisal of the war poet's life. This is a good, honest, and often moving biography; it is also a monument to research * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
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