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Under Storm's Wing

Helen Thomas and Myfanwy Thomas

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 61 2
Categories: 20th Century, British, War writings, Welsh, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: June 1997
215 x 136 x 24 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Hardback, eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle)
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  • Under Storm's Wing collects all that Helen Thomas (1877-1967) wrote about the poet Edward Thomas (1878-1917): the celebrated volumes As It Was and World Without End, her letters to Edward, and separate memoirs of her meetings with W.H. Davies, D.H.Lawrence, Ivor Gurney, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost and W.H. Hudson. The book has been assembled by Myfanwy, the youngest daughter of Edward and Helen. Myfanwy includes her own enchanted account of childhood with her father, and the tragedy of his death at the Battle of Arras in 1917. She adds an appendix of six letters from Robert Frost to Edward Thomas.

    Helen wrote As It Was, the story of her courtship and early marriage, shortly after Edward's death, and World Without End a few years later. In the original editions and later reprints fictitious names were used for the protagonists. In this edition the actual names are restored.

    The book provides a brilliant, lasting evocation of one of Britain's best-loved poets.
    List of Illustrations
    A Note on the Text

    One: As It Was
    Two: World Without End
    Three: Letters from Helen 1896-1917
    Four: A Remembered Harvest
    Five: Myfanwy's Childhood Memories

    Appendix: Six Letters from Robert Frost to Edward Thomas

    Helen Thomas
    Helen Thomas married Edward Thomas (1878-1917) in 1899. In order to support his family, Edward became a prolific writer of essays, introductions, reviews, biographies, and studies of the English and Welsh countryside. Thomas's meeting with Robert Frost in 1913 was the catalyst for his turning to poetry. His first collection was ... read more
    'Here is a portrait of the poet by his wife which has no equal, not even in Mary Shelley's sketches of her husband.'
    New Statesman
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