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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew

Henry Sotheran's are proud to be hosting the launch of Max Egremont's new book

Some Desperate Glory 

The First World War the Poets Knew

on
Thursday 8th May
6:00 - 8:00 pm
at
Henry Sotheran Limited
2 Sackville Street
Piccadilly
London 
W1S 3DP

If you would like to join us here at Sotheran's HQ this Thursday then please RSVP to Daisy via email: dt@sotherans.co.uk or telephone: 0207 439 6151

After his highly successful history of Prussia, the authorized biographer of Siegfried Sassoon examines the First World War through the lives of the poets who fought at the front.

 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of what many believed would be the war to end all wars. And while the First World War devastated Europe, it inspired profound poetry – words in which the atmosphere and landscape of battle are evoked perhaps more vividly than anywhere else.

The poets – many of whom were killed – show not only the war’s tragedy but the hopes and disappointments of a generation of men. In Some Desperate Glory, historian and biographer Max Egremont gives us a transfiguring look at the life and work of this assemblage of poets. Wilfred Owen with his flaring genius; the intense, compassionate Siegfried Sassoon; the composer Ivor Gurney; Robert Graves who would later spurn his war poems; the nature-loving Edward Thomas; the glamorous Fabian Socialist Rupert Brooke; and the shell-shocked Robert Nichols all fought in the war, and their poetry is a bold act of creativity in the face of unprecedented destruction.

Some Desperate Glory will include a chronological anthology of their poems, with linking commentary, telling the story of the war through their art. This unique volume unites the poetry and the history of the war, so often treated separately, granting readers the pride, strife, and sorrow of the individual soldier’s experience coupled with a panoramic view of the war’s toll on an entire nation.

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