Alun Lewis: Collected Stories brings together all the stories of the war poet, from juvenalia to those written as a soldier in India before his death on active service. Despite the variety of work (and the ages at which it was written) it shows several constants, including a desire to address political issues, Lewis' redistributive socialism, and his rootedness in the south Wales valleys of the 1920s and 30s. The stories are also in tune with the literature of the period, bearing the various influences of DH Lawrence, Walter Greenwood, Robert Graves and others. The war stories, for which Lewis is best known, are authentic documents of life in the army from 1940, when Lewis enlisted. Set in Britain during the period of military inactivity in Europe, and in India prior to the Burma offensive, the plots and characters ring true, while also illustrating the effect of service life on Lewis himself.
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Alun Lewis (1915-1944) was born and brought up near Aberdare in south wales, the so of teachers. He read history at Aberystwyth and Manchester, and after a brief period teaching enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 1940 despite his pacifist inclination. He transferred to the South Wales Borderers and eventually travelled to the war in India and Burma, where he died on active service in March 1944. Becoming a soldier had had a galvanizing effect on Lewis' writing: Raiders' Dawn, a collection of poems appeared in 1942, and early in 1943 The Last Inspection, a book of stories was published. Both volumes received much critical acclaim. A second poetry collection, Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets was published in 1945 and his Indian stories, with some letters, appeared in In the Green Tree (1948). His Letters to My Wife was published in 1989, a Collected Stories in 1991, and a Collected Poems in 1994.
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Description du livre Paperback. État : Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. N° de réf. du libraire GOR007750122