(1896 - 1974) ranks among the most prodigious literary talents of his time. As an author and soldier-poet of the Great War
, his literary career as a teacher, scholar, biographer and editor culminated in his election as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University in 1966. His pioneering literary work on John Clare
, Wilfred Owen
and Ivor Gurney made these poets available to the twentieth century reader for the first time.