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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

The definitive biography of the war poet – ‘Dominic Hibberd has probably done more more than any other individual to illuminate Owen’s life and work. His new Life is a triumph … it is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded’ Mark Bostridge, The Independent on Sunday

When Wilfred Owen died in 1918 aged 25, only five of his poems had been published. Yet he became one of the most popular poets of the 20th century. For decades his public image was controlled by family and friends, especially his brother Harold who was terrified anyone might think Wilfred was gay. In recent years much new material has become available. This book, based on over thirty years of wide-ranging research, brings new information to almost every part of Owen’s life. Owen emerges as a complex, fascinating and often endearing character with an intense delight in being alive.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

On Sale: 7th November 2019

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781474616171

Reviews

This rich, compelling, formidably researched enterprise...is the fruit of half a lifetime's devotion to Owen's memory
John Carey, SUNDAY TIMES
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 It is difficult to believe it will ever be superseded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, Independent on Sunday
Literary biography of the first order, splendidly written and thoroughly documented.... Highly recommended.
CHOICE
At last - a compassionate, uncensored appraisal of the war poet's life. This is a good, honest, and often moving biography; it is also a monument to research
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Hibberd's biography is particularly effective in communicating a sense of his subject's shy charm
LITERARY REVIEW
A magisterial biography
NEW YORK TIMES
This book is exemplary in its thoroughness, imaginative sympathy and good sense...what is most striking is the insight Hibberd brings to texts that have been common property for decades
FINANCIAL TIMES
At times you feel as if you are there with Owen as he flinches under shellfire or freezes on the exposed slopes of the Somme. He (Wilfred Owen) deserved - but has so far lacked - a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here
NEW STATESMAN
Owen deserved - but has so far lacked - a definitive biography. Now it is indisputably here
Nigel Jones, BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE