Poet, Soldier and Lover 1911-1929
by Vivien Whelpton
Due for pre-release: 30/01/2014
Richard Aldington: Poet, Soldier and Lover 1911-1929 details a period of the life of a neglected voice of the First World War. Aldington’s status as a war poet is attested by his place among the sixteen poets of the war commemorated in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. However, he is the only one of the major war poets for whom there has not been a recent biography. Whelpton’s study provides a long-overdue exploration of the man, and its publication in 2014 also means that it comes at a time of remembrance of the Great War.
Richard Aldington (1892-1962) was a member of the Imagist Movement, a radical group of pre-war poets led by the American Ezra Pound, who mounted an assault on the Victorian poetic tradition; a poet of the First World War, and author of the best-selling novel of the war, Death of a Hero. Whelpton presents the first detailed exploration of Aldington’s Imagist output that has been attempted since the 1930s and the only investigation of the relationship between his experience as a combatant and his war poetry and war novel.
Whelpton describes Aldington as one of the first ‘angry young men’, and the circumstances of his upbringing and his war experience gave him plenty to be angry about. Her research, which comes to fruition in this work, presents the reader with an understanding of a man who created such an explosive novel and such poignant verse about the experience of a survivor.
This illuminating biography, exploring in-depth the major impact that Aldington’s war experience had on his life and literary oeuvre, will be of interest to academic readers interested in early modernism and the literature of the First World War, readers with an interest in the cultural and social world of the early 20th century, and those fascinated by literature and stories of the Great War and its aftermath.
About the Author:Vivien Whelpton is a former teacher of English and Media Studies with a special interest in the literature of the First World War. She has written journal articles and monographs in this field. She has an M.A. in War Studies and has conducted tours of the Western Front for several years. Her proposal for Richard Aldington: Poet, Soldier and Lover was shortlisted for The Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize in 2011.
About the Publisher: The Lutterworth Press has been trading since the eighteenth century and is one of the longest established and best-known independent publishers in the United Kingdom. It has been associated with James Clarke & Co. since 1984.