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The love that haunted Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy never got over his first wife's death []<p>IT SOUNDS like a plot from one of his novels. The brooding writer working all hours in his study …

Class Issues in Hardy's Work

<b>Hagan Colo, Class of 2003<br>Richard Montague. Class of 2003</b><b><br>Lauren Saverine, Class of 2003</b><b><br>Kristin Toburen, Class of 2002<br>Gettysburg College</b><p>Thomas Hardy …

Review: Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin

Neither Emma nor Florence Hardy could compete with their husband's passion for Bathsheba and Tess, as Claire Tomalin's haunting biography reveals, says Hilary Spurling<p><b>Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man</b> <br>by Claire Tomalin<br>Viking £25, pp512<p>It was Hardy's first wife who noted his striking likeness to Dr …

Literature

Japanese Kamikaze attack on the USS Essex

The last kamikaze: two Japanese pilots tell how they cheated death

As the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war looms, two would-be suicide pilots described how they prepared to die for their emperor and country<p>Hisao Horiyama first learned how he was due to die from a simple slip of white paper. On it were written three options: to volunteer …

Japan

How Japan's youth see the kamikaze pilots of WW2

<b>During World War Two, thousands of Japanese pilots volunteered to be kamikaze, suicidally crashing their planes in the name of their emperor. More than 70 years on, the BBC's Mariko Oi asks what these once revered men mean to Japan's youth.</b><p>Irrational, heroic and stupid: this was what three young …

Wordsworth’s Prelude – Boat-stealing | English Literature – Poetry Between the Lines: The Romantics

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How To Be A Monster: Life Lessons From Lord Byron

In 1816, a young doctor named John Polidori was offered the position as traveling physician to George Gordon, Lord Byron. Polidori was saturnine, …

Lord Byron, 19th-century bad boy

• Article by: Clara Drummond<br>• Theme: Romanticism<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>Clara Drummond explains how Lord Byron’s politics, relationships and views on other …

Was Byron hounded from Britain because he was gay?

He was an icon of his age, then he fell from grace and was hounded into exile. Fiona MacCarthy, in her new biography of Byron, reveals that the real reason for his ostracism was his homosexuality<p>Shortly after nine in the morning of April 25 1816, the poet George Gordon Lord Byron left England for …

Literature

Thug, rapist, poetic visionary: the contradictory Earl of Rochester

A review of Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, by Alexander Larman. You wouldn't have wanted to meet him, but he deserves a biographer who can write<p>Despite being an earl, Rochester is very nearly a major poet. His poems and letters were torn up by a zealous mother …

Rochester: the debauched poet who mocked the king

The Earl of Rochester was a libertine famous for his bawdy verses who bravely satirised Charles II’s court. Alexander Larman celebrates the life of a gloriously reckless poetic spirit<p>On June 25 1675, Charles II held a court banquet. Allowed the crown 15 years earlier on the condition that he form a …

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Barry a long long way

A Long Long Way, by Sebastian Barry

A Long Long Way tells the story of Willie Dunne, a builder's apprentice and volunteer for Kitchener's Army, enrolled in the Dublin Fusiliers. He …

Observer review: A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

Laura Barber follows Sebastian Barry into no-man's-land in A Long Long Way, his poetic and tragic evocation of the Great War.<p><b>A Long Long Way</b><br>by Sebastian Barry<p>Faber £12.99, pp304<p>Like the rest of his generation, the hero of Sebastian Barry's fourth novel was born at the wrong time, in the 'dying days …

Literature

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Week two: deaths<p>Marching to the front on the day before the Somme offensive, Stephen Wraysford leads his company down a track across farmland and comes upon something odd: "two dozen men, naked to the waist, digging a hole thirty yards square at the side of the path". What could be its agricultural …

Sebastian Faulks on Birdsong

A novel of overwhelming emotional power, <i>Birdsong</i> is a story of love, death, sex and survival. Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in …

First World War Galleries

Fighting fronts<p>See how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its impact on people’s lives across the globe. Walk through a …

BBC Radio 3 - The Essay, Minds at War - Series 4, Isaac Rosenberg's Dead Man's Dump

Five writers explore the year 1917 through the works of five Great War artists. Tonight, Santanu Das explores the poetic world of Bristol-born Isaac Rosenberg.<p>Less familiar today than his contemporaries Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, Rosenberg described - as they did - the horror of war …

Isaac Rosenberg - National Portrait Gallery

This portraitback to top<p><b>Physical description</b><p>Head-and-shoulders, head three-quarters to the right, eyes to viewer.<p><b>Description</b><p>This work, completed in …

The difficult life of Isaac Rosenberg

<b>Laura Thompson reviews Isaac Rosenberg: the Making of a Great War Poet by Jean Moorcroft Wilson</b><p>Like many susceptible teenagers, I underwent a literary epiphany on first reading the poetry of the First World War. Aged 13, I thought that no greater poem had been written than Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et …

War poet Isaac Rosenberg recognised in archive footage from the trenches

Formal identification of stretcher bearer would be first time a serving war poet is captured on film, say experts<p>After 30 years in the police force, retired DS Terry Abrahams has developed a sixth sense for recognising faces. It’s a talent that led him to spot, in a piece of first world war film …

Killed in 1918, now Isaac Rosenberg rises

Almost 100 years have passed since the First World War, but no statue yet exists to honour one of the greatest of the war poets, whose work bore …

Isaac Rosenberg 1890-1918 | Tate

<b>Isaac Rosenberg</b> (25 November 1890 – 1 April 1918) was an English poet and artist. His <i>Poems from the Trenches</i> are recognized as some of the most …

Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg may be remembered as a Jewish-English poet, or a poet of war, but his poetry stretches beyond those narrow categories. Since …

No Leading Lady