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Blunden’s daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett

Blunden's daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett on 7 May 2020 about his unpublished poem 'V Day' Here is a slightly edited transcript of the interview. Emma: Margi is one of Edmund's children and she had no idea that the poem existed until a few months ago, what a...

Two literary events to launch latest Blunden collection

BLUNDEN - NEW PERSPECTIVES By Philip Underwood It's not often that new perspectives are shed on WW1 poets. But, at two launches of the latest selection of Blunden's poetry at Glasgow University, and at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh last week, it was his...

Edmund Blunden VE Day poem

V DayIf only bits of paper could speak! This manuscript, rescued from the roundabout of circulation these manuscripts often find themselves on, has found its purpose in a way it could never have dreamt of.In 2001 the Imperial War Museum purchased an unpublished poem...

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Blunden’s daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett

Blunden's daughter interviewed by Emma Barnett on 7 May 2020 about his unpublished poem 'V Day' Here is a slightly edited transcript of the interview. Emma: Margi is one of Edmund's children and she had no idea that the poem existed until a few months ago, what a...

Two literary events to launch latest Blunden collection

BLUNDEN - NEW PERSPECTIVES By Philip Underwood It's not often that new perspectives are shed on WW1 poets. But, at two launches of the latest selection of Blunden's poetry at Glasgow University, and at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh last week, it was his...

Edmund Blunden VE Day poem

V DayIf only bits of paper could speak! This manuscript, rescued from the roundabout of circulation these manuscripts often find themselves on, has found its purpose in a way it could never have dreamt of.In 2001 the Imperial War Museum purchased an unpublished poem...

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His life in Hong Kong was typically no less busy, despite the distance from home. The family had now increased to a total of four daughters: Margaret in 1946, Lucy (1948), Frances (1950) Catherine (1956). From Hong Kong he visited China twice, both times meeting the prime minister, Chou En Lai. He was constantly surrounded by people and memories of the past. The Hong Kong house was always full of students, friends and literary personalities passing through. He made several return visits to England from where he would tour the battlefields of Flanders, visit his old friend Siegfried Sassoon, Christ's Hospital, and his ever widening range of contacts, including lecturing and taking part in literary occasions. In 1956 he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 1957 his 'Poems of Many Years' was published, selected and arranged by his long term publisher, Rupert Hart Davis. In 1958 he was created 'Companion of Literature' and wrote 'War Poets 1914-18'. In 1962 he published 'A Hong Kong House', his last major volume of poetry. In 1964 at the age of 67 he retired and returned to England. The family settled in Long Melford, Suffolk, and initially a busy life took shape in the form of talks and lectures, articles and the publication of what would be his final poems. New friendships were also made, one such was with the poet Vernon Scannell. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1966. His final poem 'Ancre Sunshine' was written in 1966 on the fiftieth anniversary of the attack on Beaumont Hamel, and illustrates how the Great War haunted him to the end of his life. The year 1967 brought the death of Siegfried Sassoon, and with that the rapid demise of his own health. He resigned his professorship, and put down his pen. Edmund Blunden died on January 20 1974. Private Beeney, his runner at Ypres and Paschendaele attended his funeral, placing a wreath of Flanders poppies in his grave.
 
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1914 - 1931

1914 October ‘Poems 1913 and 1914’, ‘Poems Translated from the French’

1916 May ‘The Harbingers’

1916 June ‘Pastorals’

1920 August ‘The Waggoner’

1920 November ‘Poems Chiefly from Manuscript’ by John Clare (Blunden and Porter�s edition)

1922 April ‘The Shepherd and Other Poems of Peace and War’ (poems)

1922 December ‘The Bonadventure’ – journal of Blunden’s voyage to South America

1923 November ‘Christ’s Hospital: a Retrospect’ – prose

1924 March ‘A Song to David by Christopher Smart’ edited by Blunden

1925 June ‘Masks of Time’

1925 September ‘Shelley and Keats: As they struck their Contemporaries’ edited by Blunden

1926 January ‘English Poems’

1927 March ‘On the Poems of Henry Vaughan’ (essay and translations of the principal Latin poems)

1928 May ‘Retreat’ (poems)

1928 July ‘Leigh Hunt’s Examiner Examined’; an account of the newspaper, extracts and commentary

1928 September ‘Japanese Garland’ (poems)
‘The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt’ introduced by Blunden

1928 November ‘Undertones of War’ ( 3 reprints in December, revised edition in November 1930, new preface in World Classics edition 1956, new introduction in the Collins edition, 1964).

1929 June ‘Poems of William Collins’ edited by Blunden

1929 September ‘Near and Far’ (poems)

1930 May ‘Leigh Hunt a biography’

1930 November ‘De Bello Germanico’ – a fragment of trench history written in 1918

1930 December ‘The Poems of Edmund Blunden 1914 – 1930’

1931 March ‘Sketches in the Life of John Clare’ edited by Blunden, ‘Poems of Wilfred Owen’ edited by Blunden

1931 November ‘Votive Tablets: Studies Chiefly Appreciative of English Authors and Books’

1932 - 1968

1932 March ‘The Face of England’ (Prose)

1932 November ‘A Halfway House’ (poems)
‘Charles Lamb and his Contemporaries’ (published 1933)

1933 January ‘We’ll Shift Our Ground’ – novel with his second wife Sylva Norman

1934 April ‘The Mind’s Eye’ (essays)

1934 November ‘Choice or Chance’ (poems)

1937 November ‘An Elegy and Other Poems’

1941 January ‘Poems 1930 – 1940’

1941 September ‘English Villages’ (prose)

1942 February ‘Thomas Hardy (‘English Men of Letters’ series)

1944 April ‘Cricket Country’ (prose)

1944 October ‘Shells by a Stream’ (poems)

1946 April ‘Shelley’ – a biography

1949 October After the Bombing (poems)

1950 September ‘John Keats’ (‘Writers and their Works’ series) revised 1954, 1959, 1966

1950 October ‘Edmund Blunden: a Selection of his Poetry and Prose’, ed Kenneth Hopkins

1954 September ‘Poems by Ivor Gurney’ edited by Blunden

1954 November ‘Charles Lamb’ (‘Writers and their Work’ series) revised 1964

1957 July ‘Poems of Many Years’, selected and arranged by Rupert Hart-Davis

1958 July ‘War Poets 1914-1918’ (‘Writers and their Works’ series) revised 1964

1962 September ‘A Hong Kong House’ (poems)

1966 March ‘Eleven Poems’

1968 July ‘The Midnight Skaters: Poems for young readers’ (chosen and introduced by C.Day Lewis)

1974 - 2018

1979 A Biblography of Edmund Blunden by Brownlee Kirkpatrick, OUP

1982 Selected Poems , ed. Robyn Marsack, Carcanet

1984 The Truth of War: Owen, Blunden and Rosenberg by Desmond Graham, Carcanet

1990 Edmund Blunden A Biography by Barry Webb, Yale

1996 More than a Brother: Correspondence between Edmund Blunden and Hector Buck, 1917-67, ed. Carol Z. Rothkopf, Sexton Press

1996 Overtones of War: Poems of the First World War ed. and introduction by Martin Taylor, Duckworth

1999 Edmund Blunden : On the Trail of the Poets of the Great War, Helen McPhail and Philip Guest, Pen and Sword Books

2004 Poets of the First World War, John Greening, London: Greenwich Exchange

2010 Undertones of War with an introduction and glossary by Hew Strahan, Penguin Modern Classics

2011 Edmund Blunden: on Rereading Undertones of War (including Over the Sacks and Third Ypres), Margi Blunden, Cecil Woolf London

2012 Selected Letters of Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden, Carol Z. Rothkopf, Pickering and Chatto

2014 Edmund Blunden : Fall in Ghosts, Selected War Prose ed. and introduction by Robyn Marsack, Carcanet

2016 Undertones of War ed. John Greening, with introduction, notes, illustrations and supplementary material, OUP 2016

2018 Edmund Blunden Selected Poems edited and introduced by Robyn Marsack, Carcanet