Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition: Volume II: England and Wales

Hardcover | December 10, 2011

EditorGuy Cuthbertson, Lucy Newlyn

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Edward Thomas is an important figure in the English literary canon, a major twentieth-century poet, he was also one of England's most experienced and respected Edwardian and Georgian critics, and an observer of the countryside second to none. Although he died at the age of only 39, his proseoutput was massive and encompassed a range of genres: biography, autobiography, essays, reviews, fiction, nature books, travel writings, and anthologies. While Thomas's stature as a poet is widely appreciated, his prose works have yet to be given their critical due - in large part because scholarlyeditions have hitherto been lacking. Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition shows that Thomas's prose deserves to be much better known, by literary scholars but also the general reading public. This six-volume edition establishes him as one of the most important prose writers in English,who contributed remarkable ideas and representations of the self and community, the landscape and ecology, literature and history, the spiritual and artistic life. It is the definitive edition of Thomas's prose and a significant scholarly resource for the twenty-first century. The second volume contains Thomas's writings on England and Wales, and is mostly concerned with his response to the countryside. It covers the entirety of his writing career, showing the development of his identity and style. Works appear in chronological order within the volume, which begins with acomprehensive introduction, providing biographical details, an account of the circumstances of composition, historical contextualisation of the volume's themes and concerns, and an interpretation based on original research. Thomas's complex and brilliant prose, intricately woven using manyquotations and allusions, is elucidated by a detailed headnote at the start of each work, and by extensive annotation.

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Edward Thomas is an important figure in the English literary canon, a major twentieth-century poet, he was also one of England's most experienced and respected Edwardian and Georgian critics, and an observer of the countryside second to none. Although he died at the age of only 39, his proseoutput was massive and encompassed a range of...

Guy Cuthbertson is a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Previously, he was a teaching fellow at the University of St Andrews, a college lecturer at Oxford University, and a lecturer at Swansea University. He has published widely on Thomas, edits the Edward Thomas Fellowship's journal, and edited, with Lucy Newlyn, Branch-Lin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionThe Woodland Life (1897)Horae Solitariae (1902)Oxford (1903)Beautiful Wales (1905)The Heart of England (1906)The Book of the Open Air (1907-8)The South Country (1909)Rest and Unrest (1910)Rose Acre Papers (1910)The Isle of Wight (1911)Light and Twilight (1911)Introduction to Isaac Taylor's Words and Places (1911)Introduction to Rural Rides (1912)The Country (1913)Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds (1915)Cloud Castle (1922)The Last Sheaf (1928)Other Essays: 'Reading Out of Doors' (1903), 'Penderyn' (1914), 'Soldiers Everywhere' (1915)ChronologyBibliography