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Suggested reading

This booklist complements the War Poetry Collection.  You can check the availability of these books through our online catalogue.

General Anthologies

Jon STALLWORTHY (Ed.) The Oxford Book of War Poetry, Oxford University Press, 1984

Kenneth BAKER (Ed.) The Faber book of War Poetry, Faber, 1996

Angus CALDER (Ed.) Wars, Penguin, 1999

First and Second World Wars: Critical Works

Mildred DAVIDSON, The poetry is in the pity, Chatto and Windus, 1972

A. BANERJEE, Spirit above war: a study of the English poetry of the two world wars, Macmillan, 1976

Edna LONGLEY, Poetry in the wars, Bloodaxe, 1986

Joan Montgomery BYLES, War, women and poetry 1914-1945: British and German writers and activists, University of Delamere Press, 1995

First World War Anthologies

Brian GARDNER (Ed.) Up the line to death: the war poets 1914-1918, an anthology. Revised edition, Methuen, 1986

Anne POWELL (Ed.) A deep cry: a literary pilgrimage to the battlefields and cemeteries of First World War British soldier poets, edited and introduced by Anne Powell, Palladour, 1993

Jon SILKIN (Ed.) The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry. 2nd edition revised. Penguin, 1996

Catherine REILLY (Ed.) Virago book of women's war poetry and verse Virago, 1997. (Includes Scars upon my heart, 1981 (WW1) and Chaos of the night, 1984 (WW2)

First World War Literary Criticism

Paul FUSSELL, The Great War and modern memory, Oxford University Press, 1975

Patrick BRIDGWATER, The German poets of the First World War, Croom Helm, c.1985

Robert GIDDINGS, The war poets, Bloomsbury, 1988

Nosheen KHAN, Women's poetry of the First World War, Harvester, 1988

David ROBERTS (Ed.) Out in the dark: poetry of the First World War in context, Saxon, 1998

Hana SAMBROOK, Poetry of the First World War, Longman, York Notes, 1997 (Introductory)

Jon SILKIN, Out of battle: the poetry of the Great War, 2nd edition Palgrave Macmillan, 1998

Martin STEPHEN, The price of pity: poetry, history and myth in the Great War. Leo Cooper, 1996

Fran BREARTON, The Great War in Irish poetry from W.B.Yeats to Michael Longley, Oxford University Press, 2000

Jon STALLWORTHY, Anthem for doomed youth: twelve soldier poets of the First World War, Constable in association with the Imperial War Museum, 2002

Second World War Anthologies

Victor SELWYN (Ed.) Return to Oasis: war poems and recollections from the Middle East 1940-1946, Shepheard-Walwyn for the Salamander Trust, 1980

Victor SELWYN (Ed.) From Oasis into Italy: war poems and diaries from Africa and Italy 1940-1946, Shepheard-Walwyn for the Salamander Trust, 1983

Leon STOKESBURY (Ed.) Articles of war, a collection of American poetry about World War II, University of Arkansas Press, 1990

Desmond Graham (Ed.) Poetry of the Second World War: an international anthology, Chatto and Windus, 1995

Anne POWELL (Ed.) Shadows of war: British women's poetry of the Second World War, 1999

(see also Reilly above)

Second World War Literary criticism

Vernon SANNELL, Not without glory: poets of the Second World War, Woburn Press, 1976

Linda SHIRES, British poetry of the Second World War, Macmillan, 1985

Susan SCHWEIK, A gulf so deeply cut: American women poets and the Second World War. University of Wisconsin Press, 1991

Katherine HODGSON, Written with the bayonet: Soviet poetry of World War Two. Liverpool University Press, 1996

Boer War Literary Criticism

M.VAN WYK SMITH Drummer Hodge, the poetry of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Clarendon Press, 1978

American General Bibliographies

Lorrie GOLDENSOHN American War Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2006

American Civil War Anthologies

Richard MARIUS (Ed.) The Columbia Book of Civil War Poetry, Columbia University Press, 1994

Lee STEINMETZ (Ed.) The poetry of the American Civil War, Michigan State University Press, 1960

Spanish Civil War Anthologies

Valentine CUNNIGHAM (Ed.) The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War verse, Penguin, 1980

Cesar de VICENTE HERNANDO Poesia de la guerra civil Espanola 1936-1939, Madrid: Ediciones Akal S.A, 1994 (In Spanish)

Spanish Civil War Literary criticism

Marilyn ROSENTHAL, Poetry of the Spanish Civil War, New York University Press, 1975