Troubled by his complex sexuality, Monro was a tormented soul whose aim was to serve the cause of poetry. Dominic Hibberd's revealing and beautifully-written biography will help rescue Monro from the graveyard of literary history and claim for him the recognition he deserves. Poet and businessman, ascetic and alcoholic, socialist and reluctant soldier, twice-married yet homosexual, Harold Monro probably did more than anyone for poetry and poets in the period before and after the Great War, and yet his reward has been near oblivion. Aiming to encourage the poets of the future, he befriended, among many others, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and the Imagists; Rupert Brooke and the Georgians; Marinetti the Futurist; Wilfred Owen and other war poets; and the noted women poets, Charlotte Mew and Amma Wickham.
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About the Author
Dominic Hibberd has taught English at Manchester Grammar School, the Universities of Exeter and Keele, Northwestern University, and Peking Union University.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Harold Monro 1879-1932
The Samurai 1906-1908
Pilgrimage to Freedom 1908-1909
The Mountain and the Tower 1909-1911
The Poetry Review 1912
The Poetry House
A New Start 1919-1920
Drink and Failure Racing You to Death 1921-1925
Great Russell Street 1926-1928
No Way Out 1929-1932