John Betjeman: A Bibliography

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Clarendon Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 542 pages
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Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984), Poet Laureate, was probably the most widely-read English poet of the twentieth century. Because of his frequent appearances on radio and television and his fervent devotion to the preservation of England's architectural heritage, his face and voice became familiar to millions. Few other poets of any century have had such a powerful influence on their contemporaries. This bibliography lists and describes all of his known writings, including his own books, ephemera, contributions to periodicals and to books by others, lectures, and radio and television programs. Other categories such as editorships, music settings, and dramatic adaptations of his poems, recordings, and interviews are also included, as well as a section devoted to writings about him. Manuscripts and drafts of all his works are described in detail. This enormous body of material is thoroughly indexed, cross-referenced, and in most cases annotated. Now at last the activities of this remarkable man--both a poet and a cultural phenomenon--can be seen in their full breadth and complexity.

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A Books
AA Ephemera
B Contributions to Books
Contributions to Periodicals
Editorships 305
F Lectures 311
H Musical Settings and Dramatic Adaptations 319
K Television 359
Doubtrul Attributions 379
N Notes on the Poems 387
O About Betjeman 473
P Unidentified or Unpublished Prose 485

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About the author (2006)

William S. Peterson was, until his retirement in 2004, Professor of English at the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of fourteen books (several of them about William Morris and his Kelmscott Press) and is a free-lance book-designer. He has also edited two academic journals, Browning Institute Studies and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Currently he and his wife Sylvia are compiling a census of all known copies of the Kelmscott Press Chaucer.

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