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Wilfred Owen : a new biography

Author: Dominic Hibberd
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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 was to become one of the most popular poets of the twentieth century. He is now Britain's national poet of the Great War, and his work speaks to many young people more powerfully than any other poetry. Dominic Hibberd's new biography, based on more than thirty years of wide-ranging research, brings new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hibberd, Dominic.
Wilfred Owen.
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2003
(OCoLC)647593739
Named Person: Wilfred Owen; Wilfred Owen; Wilfred Owen; Wilfred Owen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dominic Hibberd
ISBN: 1566634873 9781566634878
OCLC Number: 50205733
Description: xix, 424 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Family tree --
From Plas Wilmot to Wilmot House --
Schoolboy (Birkenhead, 1900-1907) --
Pupil-Teacher (Shrewsbury, 1907-1911) --
Parish Assistant (Dunsden, October 1911-July 1912) --
Apostate (Dunsden, July 1912-February 1913) --
Escape (Shrewsbury, February-August 1913) --
Professor of English (Bordeaux, September 1913-July 1914) --
Tres-joli garcon (Bagneres-de-Bigorre, July-September 1914) --
Freelance (Bordeaux, September 1914-October 1915) --
Cadet (The Artists' Rifles, October 1915-May 1916) --
Second Lieutenant (5th Manchesters, June-December 1916) --
Seventh Hell (Serre and Beaumont Hamel, January-March 1917) --
To the Hindenburg Line (St Quentin, March-April 1917) --
Mental Case (Gailly and Craiglockhart, May-August 1917) --
Disciple (Craiglockhart, August-November 1917) --
Major Domo (Scarborough, November 1917-March 1918) --
Getting Fit (Ripon, March-June 1918) --
Normal Again (Scarborough, June-August 1918) --
Through the Hindenburg Line (France, September-October 1918) --
The Final Battle (France, October-November 1918) --
The Salter Family --
The Accusation of Cowardice --
Military Cross Citations --
Harold Owen's Voyages.
Responsibility: Dominic Hibberd.

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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 was to become one of the most popular poets of the twentieth century. He is now Britain's national poet of the Great War, and his work speaks to many young people more powerfully than any other poetry. Dominic Hibberd's new biography, based on more than thirty years of wide-ranging research, brings new information and reinterpretation to virtually every phase of Owen's life--carefully guarded by family and friends after his death. Mr. Hibberd sheds fresh light on Owen's family background, education, and struggles with religion. That he was gay is fully discussed for the first time. His army training and experiences on the Western Front in World War I 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 his mature 1918 poems. The Great War's greatest poet emerges as a complex, fascinating, and often endearing character, with a strong sense of humor and an intense delight in life.

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