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Remembering Jon Stallworthy

jonsAs the Library commemorates the centenary of World War I in events and exhibitions, it seems appropriate to note the recent passing of Jon Stallworthy (1935-2014) — Cornell’s John Wendell Anderson Professor of English from 1977 to 1986 — at his home in Oxford, England. Editor, biographer, translator, anthologist, and acclaimed poet in his own right, Prof. Stallworthy was widely known for his prolific scholarship on the poetry of World War I and was regarded as the preeminent authority on the life and work of Wilfred Owen. Prof. Stallworthy’s most recent publications — the poetry collection War Poet (2014) and an updated edition of The New Oxford Book of War Poetry (2014) — along with more than 40 of his earlier biographies, anthologies, and volumes of verse, can be found in Olin Library.  In a series of clips posted to YouTube this past summer, Jon Stallworthy considered  the reasons why the poetry of World War I is still important and talked about his favorite war poems.


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