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EDWARD THOMAS: A MISCELLANY


by Anna Stenning

Edward Thomas was a British poet, essayist and novelist who was killed in action in France, April 1917. Although commonly known as a war poet there is a significant rediscovery of Thomas as a nature writer, and indeed this area of his work was by far the most extensive. This miscellany has juxtaposed his poetry with his prose, and in doing so, has created a beautiful and exhilarating collection of some of his finest writing. 

The editor, Dr Anna Stenning is a writer and lecturer living in Ledbury, Herefordshire, where she enjoys walking, wildlife, and discovering new places. 

John Lewis-Stempel :" An utterly brilliant anthology (and brilliant anthologies are rare things)".

Edward Thomas : A Miscellany  

Bibliography:

 Primary

Edward Thomas, 1897. The Woodland Life (London: W. Blackwood).

  1. Horae Solitariae (London: Duckworth; edition used New York: Dutton, also 1902).
  2. Rose Acre Papers (London: Brown Langham & Co; this edition, London: Duckworth, 1910 – updated)
  3. Oxford (London: A. & C. Black).
  4. Beautiful Wales (London: A. & C. Black).
  5. The Heart of England (London: Dent).
  6. 'Introduction', in British Country Life in Summer and Spring – The Book of the Open Air, edited by Edward Thomas (London: Hodder and Stoughton).
  7. 'Introduction', in The Pocket Book of Poems and Songs for the Open Air, 1907, edited by Edward Thomas (London: E. Grant Richards).
  8. Richard Jefferies; His Life and His Work (London: Hutchinson).
  9. The South Country (London: J.M. Dent).
  10. Rest and Unrest (London: Duckworth).
  11. Celtic Stories (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
  12. Light and Twilight (London: Duckworth).
  13. The Icknield Way (London: Constable).
  14. The Country (London: Batsford).
  15. The Happy-Go-Lucky Morgans (London: Duckworth).
  16. 1914. In Pursuit of Spring (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons).

            (1915) 2001. Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds (London: Duckworth; 2001 reprint by Cheltenham:            The Cyder Press).

            ('Edward Eastaway'), 1917. Poems (London: Selwyn & Blount; this edition December       reprint).

  1. A Literary Pilgrim in England (London: Methuen).
  2. 191 Last Poems (London: Selwyn & Blount).

            (1928) 1972. The Last Sheaf (London: Jonathan Cape – this edition Freeport, New York: Essay   Index Reprint Series 1972).

  1. The Childhood of Edward Thomas (London: Faber & Faber - this edition from Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition: Volume 1: Autobiographies, edited by Guy         Cuthbertson and Lucy Newlyn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) 187-272.
  2. Letters from Edward Thomas to Gordon Bottomley, edited and introduced by R. George Thomas (London: OUP).

 

  1. A language not to be betrayed: Selected prose of Edward Thomas, introduced and selected by Edna Longley (Manchester: Carcanet).

 

  1. Edward Thomas, The Annotated Collected Poems, edited and introduced by Edna Longley (Northumberland: Bloodaxe).

 

First publications of essays in The Last Sheaf:

 

'The Friend of the Blackbird', first published on 14 October 1911 in The Nation (Vol. 10, No. 2) pp. 91-93.

'Chalk Pits', first published in October 1911 in Fry’s Magazine, as ‘Chalk Pits as “Traveller’s Rests” of the People of the Road', pp72-79.

'Swansea Village', first published in June 1914 in The English Review (Vol. 17, No. 3) pp316-24.

'Great Possessions', first published in April 1910 in The Tramp (Vol. 1, No. 2) pp179-84.


Archive:

The War Diary, unpublished notebook 1917. Hard copy in National Library of Wales, Thomas Family Private Collection. This edition draws on the University of Oxford's First World War Poetry Digital Archive: http://ww1lit.nsms.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/collections/document/1693

 

Secondary
Emeny, Richard. 2001. 'Introduction', to Four-And-Twenty Blackbirds, 2001 reprint by Cheltenham:        The Cyder Press, (i-vii).

  1. Edward Thomas 1878-1917, Towards a complete checklist of his publications, edited by Jeff Cooper (Preston, Lancashire: White Sheep Press).

Hollis, Matthew. 2011. Now All Roads Lead to France, hardback edn (London: Faber and Faber).

Longley, Edna, 1981. ‘Introduction’, in A language not to be betrayed: Selected prose of Edward        Thomas, ed. by Edna Longley (above) i-xxi.

  1. 'Introduction' and 'Notes' in Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems, (Northumberland, Bloodaxe).

Macfarlane, Robert. 2012a. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (London: Penguin).

Moorcroft Wilson, Jean. 2015. Edward Thomas: From Adlestrop to Arras (London: Bloomsbury Continuum).

 

Other major works of prose by Edward Thomas

 

  1. Windsor Castle. (London: Blackie & Son).
  2. Feminine Influence on the Poets (London: Martin Secker).
  3. Maurice Maeterlinck (London: Methuen & Co).
  4. The Isle of Wight (London: Blackie & Son).
  5. George Borrow: The Man and his Books (London: Chapman & Hall).
  6. Lafcadio Hearn (London: Constable).
  7. Algernon Charles Swinburne: A Critical Study (London: Martin Secker).
  8. Norse Tales (Oxford: The Clarendon Press).
  9. Walter Pater: A Critical Study (London: Martin Secker).
  10. Walter Pater: A Critical Study (London: Martin Secker).
  11. 1915. The Life of the Duke of Marlborough (London: Chapman & Hall).
  12. Keats (London: T.C. & E.C. Jack).
  13. Cloud Castle and Other Papers (London: Duckworth).
  14. The Pilgrim and Other Tales, selected and introduced by R. George Thomas (London: Dent).

 

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