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Title: F.W. Harvey and the First World War : a biographical study of F.W. Harvey and his place in the First World War literary canon
Author: Repshire, James Grant
ISNI:       0000 0004 5992 1736
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2016
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F.W. Harvey’s poetry was more popular during the First World War than many – if not most – of those whom we celebrate as ‘the war poets’ today. He is unique among the poets of that war for his insight into the life of the British POW in Germany, and for the influence of his work in the first of the British trench journals, the 5th Gloucester Gazette. Yet, he has received little national attention since his death in 1957, and scholarly work on his life is lacking, largely owing to a deficit of publicly-available primary sources and original material regarding his life and works. This has resulted in a failure to place him properly within the literary canon of the First World War. The recent discovery of Harvey’s papers allows us to examine his life and his contemporary cultural impact, and more fully to evaluate the value of his work and what it tells us about the First World War experience. Using Harvey’s papers, this biographical study will reconstruct the historical details of his life as they relate to the First World War. Concurrently, it will develop our understanding of his war-related work. This will demonstrate Harvey’s influence during the war, first as a trench poet, then as the poetic voice of the British POW. It will also examine how Harvey’s work continued to be affected by the war in the years after the armistice. The result will be a greater appreciation of the life and importance of a First World War poet whose voice was in danger of being lost to time.
Supervisor: Kendall, Tim ; Richardson, Angelique Sponsor: University of Exeter REACT
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: First World War ; World War One ; WWI ; Poetry ; War Poetry ; F.W. Harvey ; Frederick William Harvey ; English Literature ; Biography ; War Writing ; War Literature ; English Poetry ; Gloucestershire