Rendezvous With Death: Artists & Writers in the Thick of It 1914-1918

Rendezvous With Death: Artists & Writers in the Thick of It 1914-1918

by Tony Geraghty


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This book sheds new light on the colorful personalities including Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Alan Seeger, Ivor Gurney, Edward Thomas, Isaac Rosenberg, Ralph Vaughan Williams and George Butterworth, all major figures among England's creative artists during the First World War.

Thanks to the authors research and knowledge, the book is a very English story about the tragically short spring of English artistic creativity between 1910 and 1920; the greatest such renaissance since Shakespeare and Purcell in the 17th century. It focuses on these exceptional poets, composers and artists' experiences in the front line and what resulted from these.

A short personal Preface records that the author's father, Sergeant Major Anthony Geraghty (later anglicized as Garrity) survived one year and 271 days on the front line with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders including the Somme, in which he served alongside the composer Butterworth in 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473896536
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 01/04/2018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tony Geraghty is author of the bestselling history of the Special Air Service Regiment, Who Dares Wins. A blitz kid during the Second World War, he was buried by a V1 flying bomb. Conscripted into the army, he saw active service with 16th Independent Parachute Brigade in Egypt, and became a sergeant.

As The Sunday Times chief reporter and defence correspondent, he covered conflicts such as Northern Ireland, the Biafran War and in the Middle East. In 1981 he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and saw active service during the First Gulf War, with RAF Nimrods on intelligence-gathering missions. He holds the United States medal for Meritorious Military Services and the UK Gulf Medal.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Chapter 1 George Butter worth: Who Killed The Composer? 1

Chapter 2 Wilfred Owen: Poet, Hero… But 'Malingerer'? 25

Chapter 3 Legionnaire Alan Seeger: A Rendezvous With The City of Light (And Death) 41

Chapter 4 Isaac Rosenberg, poet and artist: 'Pack Drill is The Consequence' 61

Chapter 5 Edward Thomas, Poet: Confronting The Gamekeeper and Other Enemies 69

Chapter 6 Ivor Gurney composer, poet: 'I Want To Shoot Myself' 77

Chapter 7 Rupert Brooke, Poet: His Secret Box 91

Chapter 8 R.C. Sherriff - Playwright, To Journey's End And Back 101

Chapter 9 Vaughan Williams, Composer: 'No Longer A Man' But His Lark Ascends Still 117

Chapter 10 Erskine Childers, Novelist, Hero, Rebel - 'A Step Forward, Lads' 127

Chapter 11 The Red Cross Men - Age Did Not Weary Them 149

Chapter 12 J.B. Priestley, Playright - Raging Against The Dying 157

A Personal Epilogue: Second Lieutenant Frederick Youens VC and 21742 Acting Sergeant-Major Anthony Garrity 164

About the Author 167

Bibliography 168

Notes 172

Index 177

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