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    • ISBN:9781444725292
    • Publication date:29 Jun 2006

John Betjeman Collected Poems

By John Betjeman

This is the definitive John Betjeman collection reissued for the centenary of his birth, and includes his verse autobiography Summoned by Bells in its entirety

Collected Poems made publishing history when it first appeared, and has now sold more than two million copies, to an ever-growing readership. This newly expanded edition includes Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells. With a new Introduction by Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, Collected Poems is the definitive Betjeman companion.

Biographical Notes

John Betjeman was born in London on 28 August 1906. He was educated at Marlborough and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1931 his first book of poems, 'Mount Zion', was published by an old Oxford friend, Edward James. His second book was 'Ghastly Good Taste', a commentary on architecture, published in 1934. He was knighted in 1969 and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1972. John Betjeman died on 19 May 1984 at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall and was buried at the nearby church of St Enodoc

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  • ISBN: 9780719568503
  • Publication date: 29 Jun 2006
  • Page count: 528
  • Imprint: John Murray
A true poet who extends experience — Margaret Lane
John Betjeman has succeeded . . . in narrowing the gulf between poetry and the public . . . he has established a personal regency over all contemporary taste — The Times
It would be difficult - in my opinion impossible - to point to a contemporary poet of greater originality or more genuine depth of feeling — Anthony Powell