From 1930 until shortly before his death he shared with countless readers, listeners and viewers his remarkably catholic passions for books, people and places. Coming Home gathers together a selection from over four decades of his writings about buildings, townscape and landscape, together with appreciations of writers, artists and archi-tects, ranging from Evelyn Waugh, Pugin and T. S. Eliot to R. S. Thomas, Frederick Etchells and Jacob Epstein. Candida Lycett Green's prefaces to each section of this book provide invaluable insight into the con-text in which these pieces were written by one of the century's most eloquent champions of beautiful, unusual and often unloved places and buildings.
About the Author
John Betjeman was born in 1906 and educated at Marlborough and Oxford. He was best-known and loved as a poet and received many of the major British literary prizes: the Royal Society of Literature Award under the Heinemann Bequest; the annual Foyle Poetry Prize (twice); and the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. Betjeman was a founder of the British Victorian Society, he was a well-known broadcaster and journalist as well as a leading authority on architecture and topographical subjects. In 1960 he was given the CBE; in 1969 he was knighted by the Queen; and in 1972 he was appointed Poet Laureate. He died in 1984.
Betjeman's daughter was hesitant about making this selection of her father's prose - worried that he had not considered it to be of any lasting value. Thank goodness her convictions prevailed, for here is some of the most revealing and engaging work produced during the great man's long career. The selection includes a wide range of Betjeman's writings for periodicals of all shapes, sizes and denominations - film reviews, passionate declarations about new discoveries (buildings, books, people), short stories, film scripts for documentaries, bread-and-butter opinion columns and personal crusades. Divided thematically, Lycett Green briefly sets the scene of each period, contextualizing Betjeman's funny, vivid, fervent writings. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 5th November 1998
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.45