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Unassuming Sky: The Life and Poetry of Timothy Corsellis

The Life and Poetry of Timothy Corsellis

Unassuming Sky: The Life and Poetry of Timothy Corsellis

The Life and Poetry of Timothy Corsellis

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Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443839754
Published: 01/07/2012

As featured on the "Antiques Roadshow", the work of Timothy Corsellis is made available here, for the first time, in a collected edition. One hundred poems have been chosen and arranged in such a way as to bring out the unique literary and historical interest of the short life and long work of this unusual war poet. They have been grouped in roughly chronological order in six chapters, each accompanied by a thematic introduction which places them in the social and intellectual contexts from which they sprung: the Munich crisis and the search for other ideas of a Christian society, the fall of France and the possibility of a Federal Union, days in the East End and nights in Chelsea during and after the Blitz, life and death in the air. The poems do not only tell a personal tale; they also tell a political one. Interwoven with the biography of a gifted poet whose life and work were cut tragically short by his wartime death, are two even more striking stories. The first is the historical account of an R.A.F.-trained pilot who, in January 1941, at the height of the Blitz, refused to become a bomber-pilot because it would mean the bombing of civilians. The second is the literary story of the connections between Timothy Corsellis and Stephen Spender, their actual encounter in September 1941 and its enduring consequences.

Helen Goethals

Dr Helen Goethals is Professor of Commonwealth Studies in the English Department of the University of Toulouse. Her research on the interactions between poetry and politics has been published in the Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry and the Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century English and American War Literature.

“As well as being the complete works of Timothy Corsellis, The Unassuming Sky is also an excellent piece of social history and a first-rate addition to WW2 literature. He emerges as an extraordinarily mature person with a vigorous mind whose mixture of practicality and imagination, philosophy and warmth, fills one at this late stage with huge sadness for his loss. Yet much was accomplished. He could not have had a better biography.”

Dr Ronald Blythe

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