Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen : A New Biography

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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 it is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded' Mark Bostridge, The Independent on Sunday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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 40mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Illustrations, maps, ports
  • 0753817098
  • 9780753817094
  • 361,806

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A magisterial biography * New York Times * Literary biography of the first order, splendidly written and thoroughly documented.... Highly recommended. * Choice * Hibberd's biography is particularly effective in communicating a sense of his subject's shy charm * Literary Review * This rich, compelling, formidably researched enterprise...is the fruit of half a lifetime's devotion to Owen's memory -- John Carey * Sunday Times * Owen deserved?but has so far lacked?a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here -- Nigel Jones * BBC History Magazine * Hibberd has probably done more than any other individual to illuminate Owen's life and work...a triumph.... It is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded -- Mark Bostridge * Independent on Sunday *
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About Dominic Hibberd

Dominic Hibberd has been an acknowledged authority on Wilfred Owen for many years. He was the fourth editor of Owen's war poems, following Siegried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden and Cecil Day Lewis. He taught at Manchester Grammar School and universities in England, the United States and China before settling in an Oxfordshire village, where he is now a full-time author.
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