Remembering Robert Graves – with Jean Moorcroft Wilson and Nigel Jones
Thursday 13th September 18:30 - 20:30 at London - Gower Street
It is a strange paradox that, whilst popularly acknowledged as a Great War poet, most of the poems written by Robert Graves during the war remained unpublished until the late 1980s and largely neglected even by his biographers.
Until now. For Jean Moorcroft Wilson, celebrated biographer of poets Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg and Edward Thomas, relates Graves's fascinating life during this period, his experiences in the war and his being left for dead at the Battle of the Somme. She traces not only Graves's compelling life-story, but also the development of his poetry during the First World War, his thinking about the conflict and his shifting attitude towards it.
Join us this evening as Jean discusses Robert Graves and her research into his life and poetry in conversation with Nigel Jones, historian and fellow-biographer whose recent work includes books on the devastating events of the year 1914 and the poet Rupert Brooke.
With the centenary anniversary of the Armistice approaching, remembering the lives of these poets and soldiers takes on renewed importance.
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