Adlestrop Revisited : An Anthology Inspired by Edward Thomas's Poem

Adlestrop Revisited : An Anthology Inspired by Edward Thomas's Poem

Details

Author(s)
Anne Harvey
Format
Paperback | 128 pages
Dimensions
169 x 244 x 10mm | 340g
Publication date
30 Sep 2009
Publisher
The History Press Ltd
Publication City/Country
Stroud, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
UK ed.
ISBN10
0750922893
ISBN13
9780750922890
Bestsellers rank
1,206,846

Description

Edward Thomas never left the train that stopped briefly at a Cotswold station, Adlestrop, just before World War I, but what he saw resulted in one of the best known and loved English poems, Adlestrop. Generations of literary pilgrims have visited the village which inspired the poem, while many of today's writers have composed their own tributes to the poet and the place where, after the closure of the station, the nameboard was lovingly retained. This anthology explores Adlestrop's literary, topographical and railway associations. Anne Harvey investigates the origins of the poem: did the train really stop 'unwontedly'? Was it an express? Was Thomas travelling alone? His fascination with the railways began in boyhood and is seen in two of his little-known short stories, 'A Third-Class Carriage' and 'Death by Misadventure'. The book also examines the connection with Jane Austen, who visited her Leigh relatives at Adlestrop Park and Rectory, and there are poems from Peter Porter, Alan Brownjohn, P.J. Kavanagh, Dannie Abse and Brian Patten. A wide selection of illustrations includes facsimiles of Edward Thomas's original manuscript and notebook entries, photographs and fine wood engravings by well-known artists. This engaging anthology will appeal to all who have read and loved this classic poem.


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