First World War poet Wilfred Owen, best-known for his coruscating poems about the new and appalling methods of warfare used between 1914 and 1918, was a prolific letter-writer all his life, beginning at the age of 5, right up until four days before he was killed in November 1918. His mother, Susan, preserved every single item of correspondence, and here we have 673 letters, of which 555 were addressed to her. They illuminate the poet's life for the reader, presenting him as a loving personality, and also explaining much of his poetical work.
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, MC (1893–1918) was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his mentor Siegfried Sassoon, and stood in stark contrast both to the public perception of war at the time and to the confidently patriotic verse written by earlier war poets such as Rupert Brooke. Among his best-known works – most of which were published posthumously – are "Dulce et Decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility", "Spring Offensive" and "Strange Meeting".
Our book is in good general condition, and retains its dust jacket (unclipped) which, however, is somewhat ageworn, with several tears, chips, areas of rubbing, and general grubbiness. The book itself, however, has been well protected, and its sage-green cloth covers are clean apart from some very slight fading to the top front cover, and one slight scratch near the bottom of the back. Title etc in gilt within a red panel on the spine. Page tops coloured green. Inside, a previous owner's name is neatly inscribed on the light green front fep, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages generally clean and bright (occasional biro notes in margins). Two blank pages after the index have been used to write notes in black and red biro - a neat hand, possibly that of the owner named at the front. B/W photographs enhance the whole.