Wilfred Owen: A New Biography

Wilfred Owen A New Biography Mr Hibberd s new biography of the Great War s greatest poet based on than thirty years of wide ranging research brings new information and reinterpretation to virtually every phase of Owen s life ca

  • Title: Wilfred Owen: A New Biography
  • Author: Dominic Hibberd
  • ISBN: 9781566634878
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mr Hibberd s new biography of the Great War s greatest poet, based on than thirty years of wide ranging research, brings new information and reinterpretation to virtually every phase of Owen s life carefully guarded by family and friends after his death Although Dominic Hibberd modestly says that his book is not, of course, definitive, it is hard to see how it coMr Hibberd s new biography of the Great War s greatest poet, based on than thirty years of wide ranging research, brings new information and reinterpretation to virtually every phase of Owen s life carefully guarded by family and friends after his death Although Dominic Hibberd modestly says that his book is not, of course, definitive, it is hard to see how it could be improved upon Times Literary Supplement

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    About “Dominic Hibberd

    • Dominic Hibberd

      The son of a director of Coutts bank, John William Dominic Hibberd was born in Guildford on November 3 1941 From Rugby where he was bullied he won an exhibition to King s College, Cambridge, and after graduating took a PhD at Exeter University.He became the world s leading authority on the life and work of Wilfred Owen In 1973 he became the fourth editor of Owen s war poems, following Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden and Cecil Day Lewis He taught English at Manchester Grammar School and Keele and Exeter universities, as well as universities in America and China.After retiring from teaching in the 1980s he became a full time writer about the First World War poets In his first book, Owen the Poet, he showed that much of the language and imagery of Owen s most famous poems was in place long before Owen experienced the realities of the trenches In Wilfred Owen The Last Year 1992 he explored the importance of Owen s time in hospital.Other books include Diary of a Dead Officer, a study of the poet Arthur Graeme West, and Harold Monro Poet of the New Age 2001 , an absorbing biography of the poet, idealist, campaigner, alcoholic and homosexual who started Poetry Review and the Poetry Bookshop which, for than 20 years, was, as Hibberd put it, the most famous centre for poets in the English speaking world In 2007 he edited with John Onions The Winter of the World Poems of the First World War.A quiet, courteous man and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Hibberd lived in Oxfordshire with his civil partner, Tom Coulthard, who survives him.

    405 thoughts on “Wilfred Owen: A New Biography

    • A re-read of this much-loved book, for reasons that might be obvious!♦While I certainly appreciated the 1974 biography by Jon Stallworthy, this 2002 effort by Dominic Hibberd is the definitive one. There is lots of detail about all aspects and periods of Wilfred Owen's life - but in particular it accepts that Owen was gay, and explores a little of that part of his life as well. Owen was an interesting person in his own right, and it is fascinating to explore him as both a poet and a soldier. T [...]


    • The best biography so far of this somewhat mysterious and mythologised poet - certainly the first that treats him as a human being, with human wants and desires, rather than either a saint or a weirdo. Owen's tragic, early death in combat, less than a week before the end of the war in 1918, looms large over his story, robbing English letters of a man who was already becoming a truly remarkable poet by the time of his demise, but Hibberd never loses sight of the fact that his subject was both sol [...]


    • Hibberd does a fabulous job at making the long-dead Owen come to life. I tried delaying finishing it because as I read on, I felt like I knew him as a friend. Then all I could do was wish to learn more, and lament how much of his work was burned at his request or how many of his letters were mutilated by his brother, ashamed of what they'd reveal. It's a highly detailed, absorbing portrait of a poet, but it still highlights how much we don't know and may never know. I highly recommend it for any [...]


    • This new biography of the poet who gave us some of the most direct and affecting poetry of the Great War is an excellent, well-balanced read. While Hibberd delves more deeply into the personal and family life of Wilfred Owen than have previous biographers, he doesn't neglect the growth of the poet along with the man. Dealing frankly not only with Owen's evolving religious skepticism and his growth out of Keats and Shelley towards modern Decadent and Georgian poetry, but with the heretofore suppr [...]


    • 100 years on from the beginning of the First World War Wilfred Owen remains the most famous of the War poets. The events of his life are well known. He went to war, suffered Shell shock and was killed A mere 5 days before the end of the war. The truth though is, as always, this and much more.Hibberd's biography gives us a picture of a man who was difficult, ambitious, and driven and whose relationship with his mother was less than healthy. Hibberd writes well and the biography is well researched [...]


    • Whether you enjoy the poems of Wilfred Owen or not, his short but eventful life is symbolic testimony to one of the most tragic periods in British history. It is ironic that his experience of war was to bring out the best in his work, and the fact he was to die only a few days before it ended is a terrible loss. For me Wilfred Owen always felt like an enigmatic character of war that, apart from his poetry, no one really knew anything about, but this book really brings him to life. It is extremel [...]


    • More than just a biography. The details of Owens life are presented in a very readable way with an astonishing amount of background. The 'under fire' actions are vivid in their description. 4 stars only because I prefer Sassoon!


    • Absolutely one of the best biographies I've ever read. I feel utterly bereft now I've finished reading this. I kept wishing that history could somehow rewrite itself as I approached the last chapter



    • Exhaustive biography of the poet which gives good coverage of his pre-war work. Accessible style. Nice illustrations and maps.


    • A fantastic biography-Hibberd keeps enough distance from Owen so his account doesn't come across as too gushing, and his account of Owen's campaigns and battles were well written


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