Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780859898478 Published July 2010 For sale in North and South America only
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John Betjeman and Cornwall

"The Celebrated Cornish Nationalist"

Philip Payton

John Betjeman and Cornwall
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Philip Payton

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258 pages | 12 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2010
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780859898478 Published July 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780859898485 Published July 2010 For sale in North and South America only

Quintessentially English, Sir John Betjeman was an outsider in England and doubly so in his adopted home of Cornwall, where, as he was the first to admit, he was a foreigner. Nonetheless, as this book describes, the former Poet Laureate strove to acquire a veneer of Cornishness, discovering his own Welsh ancestry and cultivating an alternative Celtic identity that he wove during sojourns in Ireland, the other Celtic countries, and even Australia. Here eminent Cornish studies scholar Philip Payton provides a lively new account of the life of one of Britain’s most beloved poets, offering new insights into his work and his defining lifelong relationship with Cornwall.

Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface

Preamble: 'The Sky Widens to a Sense of Cornwall'
1. 'That Bold Coast-line Where he was Not Born': John Betjeman as 'foreigner'
2. 'Into Betjemanland': Imagining North Cornwall
3. 'The Oldest Part of Cornwall': Hawker, Baring-Gould and 'Betjeman Country'
4. 'Caverns of Light revealed the Holy Grail': Betjeman and The Secret Glory
5. 'A Longing for Ireland': Séan O'Betjemán and the 'Anglo-Celtic Muse'
6. 'I'm Free! I'm Free!": Cornwall as Liberation
7. 'Jan Trebetjeman, The Cornish Clot': John Betjeman Goes Native
Epilogue: 'When People talk to me about "The British" . . . I Give Up'

Notes
Further Reading
Index
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