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First World War Poets


February 2014
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 978 1 85514 489 7
(First World War Poets)

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)
(Tennyson and His Circle)

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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.


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.