Wilfred Owen left his home in Shrewsbury in 1911, at the age of 18, to become lay assistant to the vicar of a country parish; seven years later, having won an MC for gallantry, he was killed in action. This selection from the full 1967 edition of his letters includes some early examples, but concentrates on the last seven years of his short life. His letters - almost all to his mother - constitute his self-portrait: perhaps the finest English poet of World War I speaking in his own person from the age of five until the eve of his death.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 134.62 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
- 01 Nov 1998
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford Paperbacks
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- 1 b&w plate, line drawings, bibliography
demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that Owen was born a writer, a natural poet, unmistakably the real thing. D. J. Enright, Listener
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION; SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ABBREVIATIONS; BIOGRAPHICAL TABLE; SHREWSBURY AND DUNSDEN: 1902-1913; BORDEAUX, THE PYRENEES, AND MERIGNAC: 1913-1915; THE ARTISTS RIFLES AND TRAINING: 1915-1916; THE SOMME AND CRAIGLOCKHART: 1917; SCARBOROUGH AND THE RETURN TO FRANCE: 1918; APPENDICES: A LETTER TO CHARLES SCOTT MONCRIEFF; B CONCEALED MESSAGES; C DULCE ET DECORUM EST AND SOME AMENDMENTS TO THE DATING OF WILFRED OWENS LETTERS; INDEX
About Wilfred Owen
John Bell is an independent scholar.