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Selected Poems [Paperback]

Laurie Lee
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25 April 1985
First published in three separate collections, the poems in this anthology span the first decade, as well as many changes of mood, in the work of Laurie Lee.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140077502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140077506
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laurie Lee was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, in 1914, and was educated at Slad village school and Stroud Central School. At the age of nineteen he walked to London and then travelled on foot through Spain, where he was trapped by the outbreak of the Civil War. He later returned by crossing the Pyrenees, as described in his book A Moment of War. In 1950 he married Catherine Polge and they had one daughter.

Laurie Lee published four collections of poems: The Sun My Monument (1944), The Bloom of Candles (1947), My Many-Coated Man (1955) and Pocket Poems (1960). His other works include The Voyage of Magellan (1948), a verse play for radio; A Rose for Winter (1955), which records his travels in Andalusia; The Firstborn (1964); I Can't Stay Long (1975), a collection of his occasional writing; and Two Women (1983). He also wrote three bestselling volumes of autobiography: Cider with Rosie (1959), which has sold over six million copies worldwide, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991), which are also published by Penguin in a single volume entitled Red Sky at Sunrise (1992).

Laurie Lee died in May 1997. In its obituary the Guardian wrote, 'He had a nightingale inside him, a capacity for sensuous, lyrical precision', and the Independent praised him as 'one of the great writers of this century whose work conjured up a world of earthy warmth and beauty'.

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About the Author

Laurie Lee, MBE (26 June 1914 13 May 1997) was an English poet, novelist, and screenwriter, raised in the village of Slad. His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A BYGONE TIME & PLACE 18 Sep 2014
Lee's selected poetry written some years prior to his classic masterpiece of a rural English boyhood in twenties 'Cider with Rosie' has all his prosaic dna thereof in this delightful and thoughtfilled prose poems.Laurie's trademark turn of phrase and surreal adjectives litter these posie .Truly enigmatic and unique writing, all of a piece with his later more well known prose style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 5 Jun 2014
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" what a delightful read and keepsake". This was from the recipient of Laurie Lee's Selected Poems, which was a birthday present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars POETRY 12 May 2014
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I first read Cider with Rosie in 1959, the year of its publication. It reads almost as a prose poem, and I have long felt Laurie Lee must have been a poet. I these Selected Poems, we see that he was indeed a nppoet, and one out of the top drawer. This book is a major addition to English poetry.
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