Stars in a Dark Night
The Letters from Ivor Gurney to the Chapman Family New edition
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Stars in a Dark Night by Ivor Gurney
Book DescriptionThis collection of letters written by Ivor Gurney whilst on the Western Front shows that, although the facts of his life are undeniably tragic, the relationship he forged with his family was loving.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750934671
(200mm x 130mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ivor Gurney
Three Poets of the First World War, Paperback (November 2011)
Features such poems as "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Strange Meeting", "Requiem", "The Silent One", "Break of Day in the Trenches", and "Louse Hunting". This title reflects the disparate experiences of ordinary soldiers in war, and attempts to capture man's humanity in the inhumane of circumstances.
Collected Poems, Paperback (February 2004)
In this new edition Gurney's poems have been re-ordered to take into account new scholarship with the texts having been revised and corrected against the manuscripts. Gurney is now acknowledged as one of the major war poets with a resurgence in public interest.
Rewards of Wonder, Paperback (April 2000)
The central theme of this collection is moments of epiphany, and landscapes include his native shire, London, and the Western Front. Written in the City of London Mental Hospital, the book offers insights into Gurney's illness, and also his sanity, rooted in memory and a sense of England.
Selected Poems of Ivor Gurney, Paperback (November 1997)» View all books by Ivor Gurney
This selection of over 150 of Ivor Gurney's poems, was made by the poet P.J. Kavanagh from his edition of the "Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney". It is reissued now, with a few corrected readings, and with a Chronology and Introduction to Gurney's life, by P.J. Kavanagh.
UK Kirkus Review » These newly discovered letters, written prior to 1922, illuminate the tragically short life of Ivor Gurney. He died in 1937, aged 47, having composed 100 songs and written over 300 poems. He met the Chapmans in 1914 and in his letters constantly yearns to be with them in the security of their family home in High Wycombe. In December 1915 Gurney the poet, now of the 2/5 Glosters, writes 'As for winter trees - I believe, never are they so beautiful as now. Never are afterglows so far beyond words to describe as in Winter.' In 1918 he was described as suffering from 'a nervous breakdown from deferred shell-shock'. He entrusted his manuscripts to Marion Scott, a musical historian, who arranged the publication of many of his poems, and supported him through his final 15 years in a mental asylum. It is entirely due to her that Gurney's work survives. There are many evocative photos. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Ivor Gurney
Anthony Boden is the organiser of the Three Choirs festival. He has also written FW Harvey, Soldier, Poet for us and lives in Gloucester.
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