From Great War Poet to Good-bye to All That (1895-1929)

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The writer and poet Robert Graves suppressed virtually all of the poems he had published during and after the First World War. Until his son reprinted almost all the Poems About War in 1988, Graves’s status as a ‘war poet’ seems to have depended mainly on his prose memoir, Good-bye to All That. This paradox is covered in depth in this study, which relates Graves’s experiences in the war, his being left for dead at the Battle of the Somme, his leap from a third-storey window after his lover Laura Riding’s more dramatic jump from the fourth storey, his move to Spain and his final ‘goodbye’ to ‘all that’.

Wilson brings this difficult, unlovable but strangely impressive man yelpingly to life. SUNDAY TIMES