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Edward Thomas's Poets

Edward Thomas

Edited by Judy Kendall

Edward Thomas's Poets
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ISBN: 978 1 857549 08 9
Categories: 20th Century
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: October 2007
216 x 125 x 18 mm
224 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Edward Thomas is one of the best-loved of English poets, and a model of integrity for many of his successors. His poetry was written during the space of just two years, before he was killed in the First World War. Those years lie at the heart of Edward Thomas's Poets: Judy Kendall's gathering of poems and letters embeds that brief period of intense poetic creativity within the wider narrative of Thomas's life.

    For the first time, letters by Thomas about writing and publishing are set alongside his poems, revealing the occasions of their composition, illuminating the processes of recollection, revision and development that transformed him into a poet. Interleaved with Thomas's own poems and letters are works by the literary friends whom he criticised and admired, and whose influence he absorbed: Walter de la Mare, W.H. Hudson, Robert Frost, Eleanor Farjeon and others.

    Many of the letters included here have not been collected before or are out of print. Enhanced by Judy Kendall's detailed notes and bibliographies, Edward Thomas's Poets provides a new perspective on Thomas's reading and writing of poetry, illuminating specific poems and revealing the complex sources of his mature verse.


    Edward Thomas
    Edward Thomas was born in London in 1878 and was educated at St Paul's School and Lincoln College Oxford. He published his first book, a collection of essays on the country, in 1896, with the encouragement of the critic James Ashcroft Noble. In 1899, while he was still an undergraduate, Thomas ... read more
    Judy Kendall
    Dr Judy Kendall is Reader in English and Creative Writing at Salford University. She has edited two collections of Edward Thomas's letters and poems, Edward Thomas's Poets (Carcanet, 2007), and Edward Thomas's Letters to Walter de la Mare(Seren, 2012), which was listed in the Guardian round up of Best Books of ... read more
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