Personal Landscapes: British Poets in Egypt During the Second World War

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The work of British writers living abroad during World War II is the focus of this intriguing volume from Jonathan Bolton. Personal Landscapes: British Poets in Egypt during the Second World War takes its title from a verse periodical, Personal Landscape, which published the work of British poets who lived and wrote in Egypt in the 1940s. Bolton examines the poetry of such distinguished writers as Lawrence Durrell, Bernard Spencer, G. S. Fraser, and Keith Douglas, arguing that their work served as the central ...
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The work of British writers living abroad during World War II is the focus of this intriguing volume from Jonathan Bolton. Personal Landscapes: British Poets in Egypt during the Second World War takes its title from a verse periodical, Personal Landscape, which published the work of British poets who lived and wrote in Egypt in the 1940s. Bolton examines the poetry of such distinguished writers as Lawrence Durrell, Bernard Spencer, G. S. Fraser, and Keith Douglas, arguing that their work served as the central poetical achievement of the decade. In addition, Bolton goes on to explore the larger realm of the literature of exile, its uniqueness to the twentieth century, its connection to war poetry, and its presence in the work of these poets. Concluding with a look at the influence of these poets on the direction of British poetry after the war, Personal Landscapes is a glimpse into the world of some remarkable artists at a pivotal period in twentieth-century literature.
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Taking his title from the name of a periodical that published the work of British poets in Egypt during the 1940s, Bolton (English, Auburn U.) examines the work of such expatriots as Lawrence Durrell, Bernard Spencer, G. S. Fraser, and Keith Douglas. He places it in the context of exile literature, the 20th century, war poetry, and the influence of the poets on the direction of British poetry after the war. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312173500
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Acknowledgements
Prologue: Under Western Eyes: Orientalism, Hybridity, and the Case of the Personal Landscape Poets
1 Personal Landscape and British Poetry in the 1940s 1
2 "The Skull Beneath the Skin": The Truth about War 21
3 "Rituals of Endurance": Poetry and the Exile Background 43
4 "The Historian with His Spade": Landscape and Historical Continuity in the Poetry of Bernard Spencer 69
5 Durrell Rampant/Durrell Passant: The Landscape of the Heraldic Universe 85
6 "The Polarity of Personal Cities": Identity and the Neoclassical Landscape in the Poetry of G. S. Fraser 107
7 "Monuments and Metal Posies": Keith Douglas's Book of the Dead 125
Postscript: Personal Landscape and British Poetry since the Second World War 143
Notes 155
Bibliography 177
Index 183
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