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A revised and updated edition of Jon Stallworthy's prize-winning and classic biography of the great World War One poet, Wilfred Owen.

Of all the poets of the First World War, Wilfred Owen most fires the imagination today – this is the comprehensive literary biography of the greatest WW1 poet
Wilfred Owen tragically died in battle just a few days before the Armistice. Now, during the centenary year of his death, this biography honours Owen’s brief yet remarkable life, and the enduring legacy he left. Stallworthy covers his life from the childhood spent in the backstreets of Shrewsbury to the appalling final months in the trenches. More than a simple account of his life, it is also a poet's enquiry into the workings of a poet's mind.
This revised edition contains the beautiful illustrations of the original edition, including the drawings by Owen and facsimile manuscripts of his greatest poems, as well as a new preface by the author.

One of the finest biographies of our time.’ Graham Greene

‘An outstanding book, a worthy memorial to its subject.’
Kingsley Amis

‘As lovingly detailed as the records of Owen's short life permit, but it is always fascinatingly readable, in fact engrossing.’ Sunday Telegraph

Reviews

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

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

Indispensable to any student of Wilfred Owen's life and work.

Scotsman

Not just an account of Owen's short life, but also a sympathetic, perceptive analysis of his work.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781845952044

    November 15, 2013

    Pimlico

    384 pages

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    9781448180783

    November 7, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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