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Edward Thomas on the Countryside

Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas on the Countryside, edited by Roland Gant, gathers work from nearly twenty of Thomas’s books and volumes of essays, giving a distilled impression of the English countryside and pre-1914 rural life, from one of its greatest authors.

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Paperback
ISBN
9780571249053
Date Published
19.02.2009
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Summary

Edward Thomas was born in Lambeth, London, in 1878, and educated at St Paul’s College and Lincoln College, Oxford. Thomas voluntarily enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles in 1915 and was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1916. He was killed in action at Arras on 9 April 1917. Since his death his reputation as a poet has grown steadily, but the prose work is largely inaccessible or unknown. His books have often been dismissed as bread-and-butter work by a poet who was able to blossom only when his soldier’s pay released him from wage-earning.

Roland Gant has made a selection from Thomas’s writings on country matters which will be welcomed not only by admirers of his poetry but also by readers interested in pre-1914 rural life. Drawing on nearly twenty books such as The South Country, Wales, The Heart of England and volumes of essays, Grant has arranged his extracts under the headings ‘Roads and Footpaths’, ‘The Lie of the Land’, ‘Figures in the Landscape’ and ‘Through the Year’. Interspersed are poems that often distil the theme of a prose description and show that Thomas’s strength as a poet is more than equal to his creative achievement as a writer of prose.

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Edward Thomas was born in Lambeth, London, in 1878, and educated at St Paul’s College and Lincoln College, Oxford. Though his reputation is built on his poetry – which he took up at the suggestion of his friend Robert Frost – he was also a prolific writer of prose, much of it dedicated to capturing his love of the English…

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