Award-winning poet, biographer, and editor Matthew Hollis speaks about the friendship between poets Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and its fatal consequences in the midst of the Great War. Material related to Edward Thomas is featured in the Ransom Center’s current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.
Hollis’s book Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is co-editor of Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000) and 101 Poems Against War (Faber, 2003), and editor of Selected Poems of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011). Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011; Norton, 2012) won the Costa Biography Award and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year.
Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets. Attendees may enter to win a copy of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken and Other Poems and a copy of Matthew Hollis’s book Now All Roads Lead to France: A Life of Edward Thomas.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
Harry Ransom Center (HRC)
300 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705