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The Red Sweet Wine of Youth: The Brave and Brief Lives of the War Poets

by Nicholas Murray - £12.99  Little, Brown Book Group (Abacus) (2012)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780349121437 | ISBN 10: 0349121435

A group portrait of the poets of the First World War, seen in their full historical, military and biographical context, out now in paperback.
 
The poetry that emerged from the trenches of WWI is a remarkable body of work, at once political manifesto and literary beacon for the twentieth century. In this passionate recreation of the lives of the greatest poets to come out of the conflict, Nicholas Murray brilliantly reveals the men themselves as well as the struggle of the artist to live fully and to bear witness in the annihilating squalor of battle.
 
Bringing into sharp focus the human detail of each life, using journals, letters and literary archives, Murray brings to life the men's indissoluble comradeship, their complex sexual mores and their extraordinary courage. Poignant, vivid and unfailingly intelligent, Nicholas Murray's study offers new and finely tuned insight into the - often devastatingly brief - lives of a remarkable generation of men.

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In booklists: Experiences of War - Journalists, Writers and Photographers, Writers and Poet's Lives and Works, World War I,
In categories: Media & Culture, Peace & Human Rights, History & Biography, Poetry & Writing,

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