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Poet to Poet: Edward Thomas's Letters to Walter de la Mare Paperback – 14 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (14 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854115804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854115805
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... gives a fascinating insight into Thomas's transition from prose hack to major poet." The Guardian

"This marvellous book about the thankless, frustrating task of, well, keeping on keeping on. But, frankly, what else can a poor poet ever do?" The Tablet

"Poet to Poet, a well-edited edition of the letters Thomas wrote de la Mare. Reading these letters leaves one realizing yet again the measure of Thomas' prodigious talent and of the man himself" --Washington Times

About the Author

Dr Judy Kendall, Programme Leader for English and Creative Writing at University of Salford, is an Edward Thomas specialist. Her publications include Out of the Dark: Edward Thomas s Processes (University of Wales Press, 2012); Edward Thomas s Poets (Manchester: Carcanet, 2007); The Dating of the Onset of Edward Thomas s Mature Verse in Notes & Queries (September 2006). She is also a published and performed poet and her second collection was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010.

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I have always loved the poems of Edward Thomas ever since I had to read his Selected Poems as a set book for English Literature 'A' level in 1968. I always believed he was a manic depressive and that effectively he committed suicide by joining up for military (army) service in the 1st WW, an escape from his domestic and literary/work responsibilities, and also himself, a kind of second-hand way of committing almost certain suicide. Certainly, tragically, he was killed on the Western Front like so many other young men of his generation who fought bravely for King and Country. What this book reveals is that he was, again like so many, a victim of circumstances; that the start of the 1st WW in August 1914 caused his reviewing (his most lucrative source of income I get the impression) to dry up, whilst because he was only in his late 30's when he joined up voluntarily, he would have been conscripted anyway sooner or later, probably sooner. These letters between he and his friend Walter De La Mare are a revelation and Judy Kendall has done the literary world a deep service by researching and putting this collection so skilfully together. The letters show in some ways a kind of dependency on his friend. Whatever, they most certainly highlight the professionalism of Thomas as literary critic and constructive reviewer, and of course, a genius too....but alas, he was never to reap in his brief lifetime the accolade that subsequent generations have bestowed upon him, more especially for his amazing nature-based poetry. I thoroughly recommend this book for all lovers of Edward Thomas's poetry, perhaps one of the greatest British poets of the 20th century. Even if he had only written Sedge Warblers, then his poetic genius would - in my view - have been secured and ultimately recognised.
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