Alun Lewis: Collected Poems Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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The most assured poet of his generation. --The Listener
Wistfully strong and evocative as those lonely wartime pill-boxes one sees stranded by time on coastal marshes, writing such as this, surely, is still worth our having, and holding - and cherishing? --The Guardian
From the Back Cover
Perhaps the most remarkable writer of the Second World War, Alun Lewis (1915-1944) died on active service in Burma, aged just 28.
Born and brought up near Aberdare in south Wales, Lewis was educated in Manchester and Aberystwyth before returning to the valleys and the Depression. In 1940, despite his pacifist inclination, he enlisted in the Royal Engineers and then accepted a commission in the South Wales Borderers to fight in India. Becoming a soldier had a stimulating effect on Lewis's writing: Raiders' Dawn appeared in 1942, and early in 1943 a collection of stories, The Last Inspection, was published. Both books were widely acclaimed.
Part of the uniform edition of Lewis's work, this volume contains the complete texts of his two collections Raiders' Dawn and Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets. It also includes 27 previously uncollected poems. This body of work transcends the term 'war poetry': it is both complete itself and full of the promise of greater things to come.See all Product Description