Press Release: Rupert Brooke – Selected Poems

Rupert Brooke
To commemorate his centenary

A selection of RUPERT BROOKE’s poetry
with new lithographs by Ed Kluz

Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?

The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Rupert Brooke

These memorable lines were written by Rupert Brooke, the first of the great poets to die in World War I. To commemorate the tragic death of this talented and charismatic young writer The Folio Society is to publish a selection of his most famous poems in a special limited edition. The book has been designed to reflect the values of the fine press movement of the early 20th century; the text is printed letterpress, illustrated with original lithographs and bound in leather with handmade paste-paper sides.

Brooke is famous both for his evocation of Edwardian England in poems such as ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’ and for the wide-eyed patriotism of his later poems, eagerly heralding the coming conflict. He died before this illusion of a just and heroic war was completely shattered, making his last poems all the more poignant. In The Soldier Brooke wrote

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

And that is indeed what came to pass. He died at sea, and is buried in an olive grove on the island of Skyros.

Product information
Edition limited to 1,750 copies

£195 (including VAT)

Available to order from 10th March Delivery will commence April 2015



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