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Title Betjeman : a life / by A.N. Wilson.
Author Wilson, A. N., 1950-
Publication New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition First American edition.
Description 1 online resource (375 pages) : illustrations.
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Note Errata slip inserted.
Summary "John Betjeman was by far the most popular poet of the twentieth century; his collected poems sold more than two million copies. As poet laureate of England, he became a national icon, but behind the public man were doubts and demons. The poet best known for writing hymns of praise to athletic middle-class girls on the tennis courts led a tempestuous emotional life. For much of his fifty-year marriage to Penelope Chetwode, the daughter of a field marshal, Betjeman had a relationship with Elizabeth Cavendish, the daughter of the Duke of Devonshire and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. Betjeman, a devout Anglican, was tormented by guilt about the storms this emotional triangle caused. Betjeman, published to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the poet's birth, is the first to use fully the vast archive of personal material relating to his private life, including literally hundreds of letters written by his wife about their life together and apart. Here too are chronicled his many friendships, ranging from "Bosie" Douglas to the young satirists of Private Eye, from the Mitford sisters to the Crazy Gang. This is a celebration of a much-loved poet, a brave campaigner for architecture at risk, and a highly popular public performer. Betjeman was the classic example of the melancholy clown, whose sadness found its perfect mood music in the hymns of a poignant Anglicanism."--Publisher's website.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-346) and index.
Contents 1 Beginnings 1 -- 2 Cornwall -- and the Dragon 21 -- 3 The Secret Glory 36 -- 4 Oxford 49 -- 5 Making a Mark / Archie Rev 73 -- 6 Marriage 93 -- 7 Mr Pahper -- The Defining Friendship 116 -- 8 Betjeman at War 135 -- 9 The Path to Rome 156 -- 10 Defections 183 -- 11 Mindful of the Church's Teaching 214 -- 12 Summoned by Bells 242 -- 13 Last Years in Cloth Fair 267 -- 14 The Mistress 290 -- 15 Love is Everything 311.
Note Print version record.
Subject Betjeman, John, 1906-1984.
Poets, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Betjeman, John, 1906-1984. (OCoLC)fst01427507
Poets, English. (OCoLC)fst01067870
Betjeman, John, (1906-1984) -- Biographies.
Poètes anglais -- 20e siècle -- Biographies.
Genre Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Wilson, A. N., 1950- Betjeman. First American edition 9780374111984 (DLC) 2006930677 (OCoLC)76819883
ISBN 9781466893719 electronic bk.
1466893710 electronic bk.

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