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First World War Poets

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Character Sketches

The National Portrait Gallery's Character Sketches is a series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides to literary and artistic personalities and themes. Written by well-known writers of today, they use images from the Gallery's unique collection to examine the public and the private faces, the lives, thoughts and relationships, both artistic and personal, within each selected group.

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First World War Poets
Alan Judd and David Crane

The experiences of the First World War are encapsulated in the faces of the War poets as much as in their verse. Drawing on letters and memoirs, and on sketches, photographs and self-portraits, this study of some of the century's most powerful poets provides a new way of approaching both the tragedy of the First World War itself and the characters of the men who witnessed and recorded it. From Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, to the lesser-known and haunting faces of Isaac Rosenberg and Ivor Gurney, this book provides a moving insight into one of the most devastating events of the twentieth century.


A successful novelist, Alan Judd's books include A Breed of Heroes, The Devil's Own Work, The Noonday Devil and Short of Glory. He is also the author of the highly regarded biography of Ford Madox Ford.
David Crane read English at Oxford, has since lectured at a number of universities and is the author of a biography of Edward Trelawny and is working on a biography of Scott of the Antarctic.

166 x 121mm, 64 pages
35 illustrations, 14 in colour
ISBN 1 85514 203 1
£5.99 (hardback)

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