John Betjeman Sir John Betjeman, poet, broadcaster, journalist, prose writer and critic, was one of the best-loved figures of the 20th century. Betjeman was a prolific writer and his poems still resonate today. This release celebrates the centenary of Betjeman's birth.
John Betjeman Sir John Betejman was one of the best-known and best-loved Poet Laureates. Even after his death, his popularity continues to garner acclaim and new admirers. Fortunately, he left behind a legacy of poetry readings and performances in the BBC archives that can be enjoyed in this comprehensive collection.
John Betjeman Betjeman's England is a place of patriotic poets and seaside coves, provincial cathedrals, and eccentric dons. For 50 years, Betjeman celebrated the glories of Englishness and what it meant to be English. Against a tide of rapid change, he unearthed forgotten heroes, bygone haunts, and old-fashioned modes of thought. But as this original collection reveals, his appeal goes far beyond simple nostalgia. It lies in his passionate convictions, his humour and his humanity. What does it mean to be English? What is Englishness? For 50 years, at a time when other people were becoming more internationally aware, John Betjeman immersed himself in the glories of English culture: its places, its writings, its heroes. Seaside architecture, national poets, the great cathedrals, our ancient townscapes, all were hard-won achievements, he pleaded, with pleasures and delights that we threw away at our peril.
Tennis Whites and Teacakes brings together the best of Betjeman's poetry, private letters, journalism, and musings to present a fully rounded picture of what he stood for. From his arguments for new steel buildings to his amusement about the etiquette of village teashops, it reveals Betjeman not just as a sentimentalist but as a passionate observer with a wonderful sense of humour and an acute eye.
John Betjeman In the famous tones of Sir John himself this magnificent autobiography in verse poignantly describes the pains and pleasures of growing up. "Summoned by Bells can hardly help being a landmark.../one seems to be living his childhood and boyhood with him." -Stephen Spender
John Betjeman Collected Poems was first published in 1958 and has sold over two million copies. It has been reprinted numerous times and has absorbed, one by one, the volumes of additional poems that continued to appear regularly until Sir John Betjeman's death. Here for the first time is the audio edition of the Collected Poems. From his early poems, like "Death in Leamington" and "The 'Varsity Students' Rag", through his best-known works, such as "Slough", "Upper Lambourne", "A Subaltern's Love Song to Dilton Marsh Halt", and "The Last Laugh", the unique and original poetic voice of Britain's best-loved Poet Laureate resounds throughout this remarkable collection.
Readers include Clare Corbett, Tom Lawrence, Phyllida Nash, Simon Shepherd, and Bill Wallis.