Selected Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics)

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9780141393193: Selected Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics)

Finally back in Penguin Classics: the poems and prose of cult WWI writer Edward Thomas, with a new introduction by Robert Macfarlane, author ofThe Old Ways   

Beloved writer Edward Thomas is best known for his evocative poetry, though his writing career was varied and prolific, with more than two thousand reviews and nearly thirty volumes of topography, biography, and literary criticism published by the time of his death at age thirty-nine in World War I. After years of writing about poetry, Thomas, an intensely contemplative man who believed deeply in the power of perambulation, was encouraged by his close friend Robert Frost to write his own verse. This stunning collection includes some of his most treasured work and, with a beautiful introduction by bestselling author Robert Macfarlane, will bring Thomas’s extraordinary writings to a new generation of readers and aspiring writers.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Edward Thomas (1878–1917) was an English poet, journalist, and essayist who published nearly thirty books. He was killed in action during World War I.

David Wright (1920–1994) was an acclaimed South African–born poet, translator, memoirist, biographer, and editor.

Robert Macfarlane is the author of several award-winning books, including Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, and The Old Ways. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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Praise for Edward Thomas:

"The father of us all."
—Ted Hughes

"[B]y the fire in our strange habitation under the castle mound, nobody else at home, I read him at once, entire, knowing ever more certainly, poem by poem, that I loved him, he would be with me for life, I would learn from him."
—David Constantine in The Guardian

"With Wright's succinct notes, this might be considered the most fully representative edition of Thomas's work."
—John Greening, Times Literary Supplement

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