By matching the paper, pencil, ink and 24 watermarks of the largely undated manuscripts with those of the poet's dated letters, the author has been able to disentangle the chronology of Owen's work and reveal the overall development of the poet and stages in the development of individual poems and fragments. This book deals with his work.
Jon Stallworthy, born in 1935, was educated at Rugby, in the Royal West African Frontier Force, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize of Poetry. Formerly the poetry editor of Oxford University Press, Stallworthy is professor emeritus of English at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. He has published seven books of poetry. His biography of Wilfred Owen won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.