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Selected Poems of Stephen Spender

Stephen Spender

Selected Poems of Stephen Spender, edited by Grey Gowrie, is a new selection and retrospect of the career of Stephen Spender (1909-95), as poet and translator, to mark the 2009 centenary of his birth.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571244799
Date Published
07.05.2009
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Summary

Stephen Spender, the son of a journalist, was born in London in 1909. He was educated at University College, Oxford, where he met, among others, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood and Louis MacNeice, with whom he was to develop a poetics of engagement, writing powerfully of the confusion and alarm of 1930s Europe. He visited Spain during the Civil War, in 1937, where he assisted the Republican cause with propaganda activity. His post-war memoir World within World was recognised as one of the most illuminating literary autobiographies to have come out of the 1930s and 1940s, distilling a distinctively personal, humanistic socialism. His poetry has been praised for its exploratory candour, its personal approach to the stresses of modernity, and its exact portraiture of social and political upheaval. Grey Gowrie’s new selection offers a timely and incisive revaluation of Spender’s substantial poetic corpus.

StephenSpender

Stephen Spender was born in 1909 and was educated at University College, Oxford, where his friends included W. H. Auden, C. Day Lewis, Louis MacNeice, Christopher Isherwood and Edward Upward. His first book, Poems, was published by T. S. Eliot at Faber & Faber in 1933. He went to Spain during the Civil War and worked as a Republican propagandist.…

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