This 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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(200mm x 130mm x 10mm)
Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
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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.