Edward Thomas, Selected Letters
including to Robert Frost, Walter de la Mare, and Eleanor Farjeon
Assumed first edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, xlvii , 192pp.
Edward Thomas, professional author, essayist, and critic, was thirty-nine when he was killed in the Arras offensive on Easter Day, 1917. Six months later his first collection of poems was published and his literary reputation secured. These Selected Letters present a uniquely vivid portrait of Thomas's life, from his time as an undergraduate at Oxford through to his final days at the Front. Chosen from more than 2,000 extant letters from Thomas to his family and literary friends—including Robert Frost, Walter de la Mare, and Eleanor Farjeon—the selection traces his struggle to establish himself as a writer, his long and successful fight against depression, and, amid the strain of marriage which sometimes brought much agony, the strength of his love for his wife Helen. The letters, which formed a key source for R. George Thomas's highly praised biography of the poet, help substantiate the editor's belief that despite Thomas's immense prose output and the late flowering of his verse in 1914–1916, the name and nature of poetry was Edward Thomas's dominant lifelong concern.
This is a very sound copy but ex-library. There are labels and stamps to the ffep, half-title and title page, and a stamp to both the top and bottom page edges. However, it appears never to have been borrowed as it's a clean sharp copy and in very strong readable condition. There is slight sun-fading to the spine but that is otherwise clean too.