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First World War Poets • Tennyson and His Circle

The National Portrait Gallery’s series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides to literary and artistic personalities and themes. Written by well-known contemporary authors, they examine the lives, thoughts and relationships within each selected group through works from the Gallery’s Collection.


First World War Poets by Alan Judd and David Crane This collection of short biographies of those remarkable men who sought to record and convey the horrors of the Great War in poetry draws on letters, memoirs and portraits in a variety of media. Key poems by each of the poets are reproduced in full, and familiar images of Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon are presented along with the haunting faces of lesser-known poets such as Isaac Rosenberg and Ivor Gurney to provide a new approach to one of the most devastating events of the last century. Published to coincide with the centenary of the start of the Great War.

Tennyson and His Circle by Lynne Truss Tennyson’s ascendency as England’s foremost poet coincided with one of the most significant inventions of the nineteenth century: photography. As Poet Laureate, Tennyson and those who moved in his circle became targets for the photographer’s lens. The resulting portraits by such pioneering spirits as Julia Margaret Cameron, offer a fascinating insight into an age when England felt itself to be the envy of the world. Lynne Truss’s insightful and often amusing text captures the spirit of the age through images of the famous, and provides a glimpse into the lives of a group of people crossing the threshold into the modern world.


David Crane
is the acclaimed biographer of Scott of the Antarctic, and of Edward Trelawney, companion of Byron and Shelley. He also wrote The Kindness of Sisters, an account of the relationship between Byron’s widow and his sister-in-law, who bore his child. His latest book, Empires of the Dead (HarperCollins, 2013), describes the graveyards of the First World War and the evolution of attitudes to wartime death and sacrifice.

Alan Judd
is the prize-winning author of nine novels and two biographies, Ford Madox Ford and The Quest for C, the latter the authorised biography of the founder of MI6. His latest novel, Uncommon Enemy, is published by Simon and Schuster, and another novel, Legacy, is now a BBC film.

Lynne Truss
is a novelist, dramatist and non-fiction writer, best known for her 2003 bestselling book on punctuation, Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Her second novel, Tennyson’s Gift, set on the Isle of Wight in July 1864, led to the writing of Tennyson and His Circle.

February 2014
Price: £9.99
(First World War Poets)

978 1 85514 489 7
(Tennyson and His Circle)
978 1 85514 490 3
Format: 140 x 197mm
Extent: 120pp to 136pp
Illustrations: 30 to 40 per title
Binding: Paperback with flaps
Category: Literary/Poetry/Art/History
Word count:
(First World War Poets)
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