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Wilfred Owen: A New Biography by Dominic…

Wilfred Owen: A New Biography

by Dominic Hibberd

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Whether you enjoy the poems of Wilfred Owen or not, his short but eventful life is symbolic testimony to one of the most tragic periods in British history. It is ironic that his experience of war was to bring out the best in his work, and the fact he was to die only a few days before it ended is a terrible loss. For me Wilfred Owen always felt like an enigmatic character of war that, apart from his poetry, no one really knew anything about, but this book really brings him to life. It is extremely well researched and thoughtfully written, and when I'd finished it almost felt like I'd actually experienced a little of his life. A great read! ( )
  Scott2013 | Jul 16, 2013 |
Hibberd is one of the world's leading authorities on Owen and his poetry and it shows in this biography that came out in 2002. He also has a great deal of sympathy for his subject and notes in the introduction that he put off writing the final chapter for 5 months. I hadn't really realised the details of his death prior to reading this and it was such a tragedy, not least for English literature. The book is very readable and Owen comes over as a most likable character. ( )
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When Wilfred Owen died in 1918 aged 25, only five of his poems had been published. Yet he became one of the most popular poets of the 20th century. For decades his public image was controlled by family and friends, especially his brother Harold who was terrified anyone might think Wilfred was gay. In recent years much new material has become available. This book, based on over thirty years of wide-ranging reaearch, brings new information to almost every part of Owen's life. Owen emerges as a complex, fascinating and often endearing character with an intense delight in being alive.

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"When Wilfred Owen died in 1918 at the age of twenty-five, only five of his poems had been published. Yet he became one of the most popular poets of the twentieth century. He is now Britain's national poet of the Great War, frequently quoted in newspapers, documentary films, and novels. Today his work speaks to many young people more powerfully than any other poetry." "Dominic Hibberd's book, based on more than thirty years of wide-ranging research, brings new information and reinterpretation to virtually every phase of Owen's life. Mr. Hibberd sheds fresh light on Owen's family background, education, and struggles with religion. His sexual orientation - for he was indeed gay - is fully discussed for the first time. His army training and experiences on the Western Front in World War are described in vivid detail, using original documents from military archives. Throughout the story the poet steadily develops, from his early devotion to Wordsworth and the Romantics in 1910-1911, through his discovery of the French Decadents in 1914-1915 and his friendship with Siegfried Sassoon in 1917, to the final, superb achievement of the mature 1918 poems."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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