Edward Thomas: a Life in Pictures

Celebrated by his peers for an intensity of vision that spoke to a generation devastated by war, the poet, prose writer and literary critic Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was only posthumously recognised for the scale of his achievements. At the age of thirty-nine he was killed in the Arras offensive on Easter Monday 1917, leaving behind … Continued

Under the Same Moon: Edward Thomas and the English Lyric

Under the Same Moon: Edward Thomas and the English Lyric A hundred years ago Edward Thomas was killed in the Battle of Arras (April 1917). The reputation of his poetry has never been higher. Professor Edna Longley has already edited Thomas’s poems and prose. She now adds to the growing field of Thomas studies, with … Continued

Thomas, Edward

Edward Thomas was born in London in 1878 and educated at St Paul’s School and Lincoln College, Oxford. While still an undergraduate, he published his first book, The Woodland Life, and married Helen Noble, with whom he had three children. Thomas became a professional author, producing over twenty prose books, as well as a novel … Continued

Helen Thomas recording

HELEN THOMAS RECORDING Thank you for purchasing Edward Thomas: A Life in Pictures. Please click below to listen to a rare recording of Helen Thomas speaking about her life, and reading some of Edward Thomas’s poetry.

Richard Emeny

Richard Emeny read English at Merton College, Oxford, and has had a particular interest in Edward Thomas, his contemporaries and historical context. He has written or edited books on or by Thomas such as Edward Thomas on the Georgians, Four and Twenty Blackbirds and co-edited a bibliographical checklist of Thomas’s works. Among his other publications … Continued

Edna Longley

Edna Longley is a Professor Emerita at Queen’s University Blfast. She has written extensively on modern Irish and British poetry, and has edited Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008). Her most recent monographs are Yeats and Modern Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Incorrigibly Plural: Louis MacNeice and his Legacy (with Fran Brearton, Carcanet, … Continued

The Ship of Swallows

Edward Thomas’s stories formed an important stage in his imaginative development, and constitute a significant achievement. His fiction includes stories reflecting his personal quest for spiritual and social values, which have considerable psychological interest; and versions of traditional Celtic and Norse tales and English proverbs. In both original and traditional tales Thomas explores the relation … Continued

The Likeness

These poems represent an act of reclamation or capture; an attempt to retrieve someone whose loss has been experienced through illness and finally death. Taking as an epigraph a line from Richard Wilbur “… a thing is most itself when likened” Kapos discovers various viewpoints from which to try to see the thing “being most … Continued


Branch-Lines When Edward Thomas died in the First World War, very few of his poems had been published, but he is now recognised as one of the finest and most influential poets of the last century. Although often referred to as ‘a poet’s poet’, his writing has an almost universal appeal. He wrote accessibly, on … Continued

Hooker, Jeremy

Jeremy Hooker was born in 1941 and is a poet, critic, teacher and broadcaster. His ten collections of poetry are represented by a substantial selection: The Cut of the Light: Poems 1965-2005 (Enitharmon, 2006). His other books include Writers in a Landscape, Imagining Wales: A View of Modern Welsh Writing in English, studies of David … Continued

Newlyn, Lucy

Lucy Newlyn was born in Uganda, grew up in Leeds, and read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is now Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. She has published widely on English Romantic Literature, including four books with Oxford University Press, and the Cambridge … Continued