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Wilfred Owen: A Biography Hardcover – 7 Nov 1974

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  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (7 Nov. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019211719X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192117199
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,170,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the finest biographies of our time." (Graham Greene)

"An outstanding book, a worthy memorial to its subject." (Kingsley Amis Observer)

"An excellent book, not a critical study but a biography that shows unobtrusive critical acumen as well as deep imaginative understanding. It is as lovingly detailed as the records of Owen's short life permit, but it is always fascinatingly readable, in fact engrossing." (John Lehmann Sunday Telegraph)

"This stunning work of non-fiction is a moving tribute to one of the giants of 20th century literature and deserves your immediate attention." (UK Press Syndication)

"Indispensable to any student of Wilfred Owen's life and work." (Scotsman) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This selection of Wilfred Owen poems, chosen by Jon Stallworthy, provides a moving and exemplary demonstration of the reasons that Owen is considered by many to be the quintessential war poet. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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THE TIMES, Saturday, March 18, 1893, reported the launching of the second-class cruiser Astraea; from Berlin, the rejection by the Reichstag's Army Bills Committee 'of the second reading of the whole of the Government measures'; and from St. Petersburg, that 'The Tsar, accompanied by the Tsarina and the members of his family, will leave... for Livadia, in the Crimea, where a stay of several weeks duration will be made.' Read the first page
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Format: Paperback
Lovely, well researched biography, with good and full information from childhood to death. Numerous photographs also accompany the text. It contains many useful quotes from Wilfred Owen's younger brother, as well as poems and excerps from letters by Wilfred Owen. The volume is finished off beautifully with an amazing afterward.
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I was introduced to Wilfred Owen's poetry many years ago by a colleague who used to recite as a 'party piece' the poem 'Dulce et Decorum est' - and I never failed to be moved by the words. Over the years I have often used Owen's poetry in talks, addresses, presentations, readings and sermons. Once, as a young curate, I used 'Parable of the Old Men and the Young' at a Remembrance Day Service; after I had finished there was a seemingly eternal silence, before a Second World War veteran came up to me and grabbed my hand and said, "Thank God someone has had the guts to say it how it was."
Although I read the more recent biography by Dominic Hibberd, I found it dry and lacking in soul, this biography though is first rate. I appreciate this is a reprint, but nevertheless Jon Stallworthy's book stands as a great biography and both concisely written and very lively to read.
This reprint is well presented and a sturdy book to hold, read from and keep.
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Format: Paperback
This was purchased for my wife (it was a used item as there were no new ones and it was as good as new). She has not had her head out of it since I bought it and I think she is now reading it for the second time, she has told me he was a very interesting gentleman and it was a present she is delighted with.
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Excellent biography of the soldier poet...traces the humanity, heroism and tragedy of a life cut short.....
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