Alun Lewis Collected Stories

ISBN 13 : 9781781723005

Collected Stories

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9781781723005: Collected Stories
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Alun Lewis, (1915-1944), the remarkable poet and short story writer, died, aged 28, in Burma in the Second World War. Some critics see him as the last of the great Romantic poets, a twentieth century Keats. Others describe his poetry as the path from pre-war Yeats and Auden to post-war poets like Hughes and Gunn. In Wales there are those who think his greater versatility and finer intelligence place him above his contemporaries Dylan Thomas and R.S. Thomas. Born and brought up near Aberdare in south Wales, Lewis read history at Aberystwyth and Manchester. After a brief period teaching and despite pacifist inclinations, he enlisted in the Royal Engineers. He later joined the South Wales Borderers and was posted to India. Becoming a soldier had a stimulating effect on Lewis's writing: Raiders' Dawn, a collection of forty-seven poems, appeared in 1942 and early in 1943, The Last Inspection, a book of short stories, was published, both to considerable critical acclaim. Lewis died in an accident on active service in Burma in 1944. His second volume of poems, Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets, was published in 1945 and his Indian short stories, together with some letters, in In The Green Tree (1948).

Présentation de l'éditeur :

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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