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Other Men’s Flowers
  • ISBN: 9780712653428
  • Pages: 448
  • Publisher: Pimlico
  • Binding: Paperback

Other Men’s Flowers

An Anthology of Poetry

(Ed.) A. P. Wavell

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‘The worth of Other Men’s Flowers is that it is not a manufactured article, made for the market, but the harvest of a life’s devotion – of things long held precious in the memory.’ Daily Telegraph

Published during the dark days of the Second World War, Other Men’s Flowers – Lord Wavell’s anthology of English poetry, enhanced by his own introduction and annotations – was to be found in many kitbags taken across to France on D-Day. He was simply pleasing himself, recalling the poetry that he had first read and learned by heart in youth; in doing so, he has pleased every generation since 1944, for this book has never gone out of print.

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