In Pursuit of Spring by Edward Thomas
“This is a kind of place-writing very different from most guidebooks or gazetteers, and indeed as a tour guide Thomas is audaciously remiss . . . its action is the psychological movement of the spirit in response to the sky. Thomas is all receptive eye and nerves.” Alexandra Harris
In March 1913, as the storm clouds of the Great War gathered, Edward Thomas set out from the suburbs of South London and travelled on his bicycle through Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire towards the Somerset coast. He was a thirty-five-year-old writer at the time, a husband and father, a lover of poetry and places, who took to the road to meet the arrival of spring.
Read the introduction by Alexandra Harris
Paperback with flaps | 216 x 156mm | 232 pages
Illustrated with the photographs by Edward Thomas
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Edward Thomas was born in London of Welsh descent. He was educated at Battersea Grammar School, St Paul’s School and Lincoln College, Oxford. From 1906 he lived with his wife Helen and their children in Hampshire, where he earned a precarious living writing book reviews, biographies and volumes of essays, particularly about natural history and rural life in southern England. In 1915 he voluntarily enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1916. He was killed in 1917 at the Battle of Arras, where he is buried.