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In Pursuit of Spring by Edward Thomas


In March 1913, as the storm clouds of the Great War gathered, Edward Thomas set out from the suburbs of South London and travelled on his bicycle through Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire towards the Somerset coast. He was a thirty-five-year-old writer at the time, a husband and father, a lover of poetry and places, who took to the road to meet the arrival of spring after what had been a long, melancholy winter.

Returning from this journey with his imagination and notebooks overflowing, the publication of In Pursuit of Spring set Edward Thomas on his way to becoming one of the great war poets of the twentieth century. Today, as the Earth's atmosphere warms and our seasons begin to shift, his search for springtime becomes ever more poignant.

Introduced by writer and lecturer, Alexandra Harris the book is illustrated throughout with recently rediscovered photographs taken by Thomas on his travels and published here for the first time.

Thomas was born in London of Welsh descent and educated at Battersea Grammar School, St Paul’s School and Lincoln College, Oxford. From 1906 he lived with his wife Helen and their children in Hampshire, where he earned a precarious living writing book reviews, biographies and volumes of essays, particularly about natural history and rural life in southern England. In 1915 he voluntarily enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1916. He was killed in 1917 at the Battle of Arras, where he is buried.

232 pages
Paperback with flaps

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