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Betjeman : a life

Author: A N Wilson
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"John Betjeman was by far the most popular poet of the twentieth century; his collected poems sold more than two million copies. As poet laureate of England, he became a national icon, but behind the public man were doubts and demons. The poet best known for writing hymns of praise to athletic middle-class girls on the tennis courts led a tempestuous emotional life. For much of his fifty-year marriage to Penelope  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wilson, A. N., 1950-
Betjeman.
(DLC) 2006930677
(OCoLC)76819883
Named Person: John Betjeman; John Betjeman; John Betjeman
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A N Wilson
ISBN: 9781466893719 1466893710
OCLC Number: 909035022
Notes: Errata slip inserted.
Description: 1 online resource (375 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1 Beginnings 1 --
2 Cornwall --
and the Dragon 21 --
3 The Secret Glory 36 --
4 Oxford 49 --
5 Making a Mark / Archie Rev 73 --
6 Marriage 93 --
7 Mr Pahper --
The Defining Friendship 116 --
8 Betjeman at War 135 --
9 The Path to Rome 156 --
10 Defections 183 --
11 Mindful of the Church's Teaching 214 --
12 Summoned by Bells 242 --
13 Last Years in Cloth Fair 267 --
14 The Mistress 290 --
15 Love is Everything 311.
Responsibility: by A.N. Wilson.
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Abstract:

"John Betjeman was by far the most popular poet of the twentieth century; his collected poems sold more than two million copies. As poet laureate of England, he became a national icon, but behind the public man were doubts and demons. The poet best known for writing hymns of praise to athletic middle-class girls on the tennis courts led a tempestuous emotional life. For much of his fifty-year marriage to Penelope Chetwode, the daughter of a field marshal, Betjeman had a relationship with Elizabeth Cavendish, the daughter of the Duke of Devonshire and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. Betjeman, a devout Anglican, was tormented by guilt about the storms this emotional triangle caused. Betjeman, published to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the poet's birth, is the first to use fully the vast archive of personal material relating to his private life, including literally hundreds of letters written by his wife about their life together and apart. Here too are chronicled his many friendships, ranging from "Bosie" Douglas to the young satirists of Private Eye, from the Mitford sisters to the Crazy Gang. This is a celebration of a much-loved poet, a brave campaigner for architecture at risk, and a highly popular public performer. Betjeman was the classic example of the melancholy clown, whose sadness found its perfect mood music in the hymns of a poignant Anglicanism."--Publisher's website.

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