Edward Thomas’s Roads from Arras

Edward Thomas is a paradox. One of our most highly-regarded poets and author of one of the nation’s favourite poems, “Adlestrop”, Thomas is also one of the least-known British poets. These essays bridge that gap by offering fresh appraisals of his work. The volume includes a word-and-image response to Thomas’s poem to his wife “And you, Helen”, by poet Deryn Rees-Jones and artist Charlotte Hodes; new research by Ralph Pite on Thomas’s relationship with American poet Robert Frost; and a discussion of Thomas as a “War Poet” by distinguished scholar Jean Moorcroft Wilson, author of the most recent, highly-praised biography of the poet. This celebratory centenary volume edited by Adrian Grafe and Andrew McKeown, two of the leading poetry specialists in Europe, sheds new light on Edward Thomas and the roads his poems have travelled, a century after his death at the Battle of Arras on 9th April 1917.

Andrew McKeown was a student in Scotland and currently teaches English at the University of Poitiers, France. He has published and contributed to several works on poets and poetry, including Philip Larkin and the Poetics of Resistance (2006). His first book of rhymes, You What? was published in 2017.

Adrian Grafe is an Oxford University graduate and a Fellow of the English Association. He is currently Professor of English at Artois University, France, where he is a member of the university’s Cultural Affairs Committee. He authored Hopkins: la profusion ténébreuse (2003) and Emily Dickinson: Poems (2009), as well as articles on Dowson, Edward Thomas, Larkin, and Hill. He previously edited several multi-author essay collections including Thomas Hardy, Poet: New Perspectives (with Laurence Estanove, 2015).

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ISBN: 1-5275-1424-2

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-1424-9

Release Date: 20th September 2018

Pages: 179

Price: £58.99