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Wilfred Owen: A New Biography

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Mr. Hibberd's new biography of the Great War's greatest poet, 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. Although Dominic Hibberd modestly says that his book 'is not, of course, definitive,' it is hard to see how it could be improved upon. —Times Literary Supplement
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Overview

Mr. Hibberd's new biography of the Great War's greatest poet, 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. Although Dominic Hibberd modestly says that his book 'is not, of course, definitive,' it is hard to see how it could be improved upon. —Times Literary Supplement
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Editorial Reviews

Literary Review
Hibberd's biography, is particularly effective in communicating a sense of its subject's shy charm.
— Thomas Hodgkinson
Choice
Literary biography of the first order, splendidly written and thoroughly documented.... Highly recommended.
Bbc History Magazine
Owen deserved—but has so far lacked—a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here.
— Nigel Jones
Sunday Times
This rich, compelling, formidably researched enterprise...is the fruit of half a lifetime's devotion to Owen's memory.
— John Carey
Independent On Sunday
Hibberd has probably done more than any other individual to illuminate Owen's life and work...a triumph.... It is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded.
— Mark Bostridge
Times Literary Supplement
Although Dominic Hibberd modestly says that his book 'is not, of course, definitive,' it is hard to see how it could be improved upon.
New York Times Book Review
A magisterial biography.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Hibberd is the world's foremost authority on this soldier-poet, and his new biography is full of reliable information, intelligent judgements.
— Ron Smith
CHOICE
Literary biography of the first order, splendidly written and thoroughly documented.... Highly recommended.
New York Times
A magisterial biography.
BBC History Magazine
Owen deserved—but has so far lacked—a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here.
— Nigel Jones
The New York Times
A magisterial biography.
Literary Review - Thomas Hodgkinson
Hibberd's biography, is particularly effective in communicating a sense of its subject's shy charm.
CHOICE - G. Grieve-Carlson
Hibberd's biography provides a much fuller, more complex and nuanced depiction of Owen than any available to his point.
BBC History Magazine - Nigel Jones
Owen deserved—but has so far lacked—a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here.
Sunday Times - John Carey
This rich, compelling, formidably researched enterprise...is the fruit of half a lifetime's devotion to Owen's memory.
The Independent On Sunday - Mark Bostridge
Hibberd has probably done more than any other individual to illuminate Owen's life and work...a triumph.... It is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded.
Richmond Times-Dispatch - Ron Smith
Hibberd is the world's foremost authority on this soldier-poet, and his new biography is full of reliable information, intelligent judgements.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Although Dominic Hibberd modestly says that his book 'is not, of course, definitive,' it is hard to see how it could be improved upon.
Independent On Sunday
Hibberd has probably done more than any other individual to illuminate Owen's life and work...a triumph ....It is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded.
Sunday Times
This rich, compelling, formidably researched enterprise...is the fruit of half a lifetime's devotion to Owen's memory.
BBC History Magazine
Owen deserved—but has so far lacked—a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here.
Literary Review
Hibberd's biography is particularly effective in communicating a sense of its subject's shy charm.
Time Literary Supplement
...It is hard to see how [this book] could be improved upon.
Independent On Sunday
Hibberd has probably done more than any other individual to illuminate Owen's life and work...a triumph.... It is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded.
Sunday Times
This rich, compelling, formidably researched enterprise...is the fruit of half a lifetime's devotion to Owen's memory.
BBC History Magazine
Owen deserved but has so far lacked a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here.
Literary Review
Hibberd's biography is particularly effective in communicating a sense of its subject's shy charm.
New York Times Book Review
[A] magisterial biography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566634878
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii
List of maps ix
List of drawings x
Family tree xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction xvii
1 From Plas Wilmot to Wilmot House 1
2 Schoolboy (Birkenhead, 1900-1907) 14
3 Pupil-Teacher (Shrewsbury, 1907-1911) 35
4 Parish Assistant (Dunsden, October 1911-July 1912) 62
5 Apostate (Dunsden, July 1912-February 1913) 84
6 Escape (Shrewsbury, February-August 1913) 99
7 Professor of English (Bordeaux, September 1913-July 1914) 108
8 Tres-joli garcon (Bagneres-de-Bigorre, July-September 1914) 127
9 Freelance (Bordeaux, September 1914-October 1915) 141
10 Cadet (The Artists' Rifles, October 1915-May 1916) 166
11 Second Lieutenant (5th Manchesters, June-December 1916) 186
12 Seventh Hell (Serre and Beaumont Hamel, January-March 1917) 203
13 To the Hindenburg Line (St Quentin, March-April 1917) 225
14 Mental Case (Gailly and Craiglockhart, May-August 1917) 243
15 Disciple (Craiglockhart, August-November 1917) 264
16 Major Domo (Scarborough, November 1917-March 1918) 284
17 Getting Fit (Ripon, March-June 1918) 305
18 Normal Again (Scarborough, June-August 1918) 320
19 Through the Hindenburg Line (France, September-October 1918) 333
20 The Final Battle (France, October-November 1918) 354
Epilogue 367
Appendix A The Salter Family 372
Appendix B The Accusation of Cowardice 374
Appendix C Military Cross Citations 376
Appendix D Harold Owen's Voyages 378
Sources and Abbreviations 381
Notes 384
Index 413
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