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Book Title: Wilfred Owen: A New Biography|
The author of the book: Dominic Hibberd
ISBN 13: 9781566634878
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Edition: Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Date of issue: September 18th 2002
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Mr. Hibberd's new biography of the Great War's greatest poet, based on more than thirty years of wide-ranging research, brings new information and reinterpretation to virtually every phase of Owen's life--carefully guarded by family and friends after his death. Although Dominic Hibberd modestly says that his book 'is not, of course, definitive, ' it is hard to see how it could be improved upon. --Times Literary Supplement
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Read information about the authorThe son of a director of Coutts bank, John William Dominic Hibberd was born in Guildford on November 3 1941. From Rugby (where he was bullied) he won an exhibition to King’s College, Cambridge, and after graduating took a PhD at Exeter University.
He became the world's leading authority on the life and work of Wilfred Owen. In 1973 he became the fourth editor of Owen's war poems, following Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden and Cecil Day-Lewis.
He taught English at Manchester Grammar School and Keele and Exeter universities, as well as universities in America and China.
After retiring from teaching in the 1980s he became a full-time writer about the First World War poets. In his first book, Owen the Poet, he showed that much of the language and imagery of Owen’s most famous poems was in place long before Owen experienced the realities of the trenches. In Wilfred Owen: The Last Year (1992) he explored the importance of Owen’s time in hospital .
Other books include Diary of a Dead Officer, a study of the poet Arthur Graeme West, and Harold Monro: Poet of the New Age (2001), an absorbing biography of the poet, idealist, campaigner, alcoholic and homosexual who started Poetry Review and the Poetry Bookshop which, for more than 20 years, was, as Hibberd put it, “the most famous centre for poets in the English-speaking world”. In 2007 he edited (with John Onions) The Winter of the World: Poems of the First World War.
A quiet, courteous man and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Hibberd lived in Oxfordshire with his civil partner, Tom Coulthard, who survives him.
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