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The author of the book: Edmund Blunden
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Edition: Pomona Press
Date of issue: January 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781406793352
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Contents Include: Janus To Twelfth Night Jasmine Trouble at Twilight Expressions at the Market The Jays The British School The Fan Tod Young February Winter Proud Lent Passes Wills and Testaments The Starling's Nest "Theres Nought but Winning and Losing" No Hurry Great Hurry The Hop Leaf Evening Walks An Ancient Holiday The Sigh A Corner of the Meadow Summer and the Poets "While Fields Shall Bloom, Thy Name Shall Live" Imaginary Work The Tower Pastoral No Fable Art and Nature Just a Victorian Floodland Urn Burial Young Travellers The Winter Moth Fireside Collaboration Mists and Fogs The Village Chimneys The Find An Ex-Footballer Battlefield A Country Prayer National Biography
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Read information about the authorAuthor, critic, and poet (the latter which for which he is most well known) Edmund Blunden was born in London, and educated at The Queen's College at Oxford. In 1915 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Sussex Regiment which he served with through the end of the war. He saw heavy action on the Western Front at both Ypres and the Somme, and was awarded the Military Cross. Miraculously he was never severely injured.
Following the war he served as Professor of English at the University of Tokyo from 1924-1927. He returned to England as magazine editor, and in 1931 he became a tutor at Oxford University where his writing career flourished. Post Second World War he became Professor of English Literature in Hong Kong.
He succeeded fellow Great War poet Robert Graves as Oxford Professor of Poetry, but lecturing proved to be a strain and he resigned after two years. His remaining years were spent in Suffolk, where he died in 1974.
He remained good friends with fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon, and during his career edited some of the first editions of Wilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney's poetry contributing to their memory. He is commemorated on a plaque in Westminster Abbey along with 15 other poets of the First World War.