Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke, 1887–1915, English poet. At the outbreak of World War I he joined the Royal Naval Division, served at Antwerp, and was in the Dardanelles expedition when he died of blood poisoning at the island of Skíros. Handsome and athletic, Brooke was also charming, intellectual, and witty, and was universally sought in society. His early fame and tragic death have made him an almost legendary figure. He wrote two small volumes of poetry, Poems (1911) and 1914 and Other Poems (1915). His verse is exuberant and charming, the romantic patriotism of his war sonnets contrasting sharply with the bitter, disillusioned poetry of Owen and Sassoon.

See his letters, ed. by G. Keynes (1968); biographies by A. Stringer (1948, repr. 1972) and C. Hassall (1964, repr. 1972); studies by J. Lehmann (1981) and P. Delany (1987); bibliography by G. Keynes (1954).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Rupert Brooke: Selected full-text books and articles

Red Wine of Youth: A Life of Rupert Brooke By Arthur Stringer The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1948
The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke By Rupert Brooke; Geoffrey Keynes Faber and Faber, 1946 (2nd edition)
FREE! Letters from America By Rupert Brooke; Henry James C. Scribner's Sons, 1916
FREE! John Webster and the Elizabethan Drama By Rupert Brooke John Lane Company, 1916
Modern Verse in English, 1900-1950 By David Cecil; Allen Tate Macmillan, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Rupert Brooke (Br. 1887-1915)" begins on p. 286
FREE! Modern British Poetry By Louis Untermeyer Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920
Librarian’s tip: "Rupert Brooke" begins on p. 193
English Literature in the Twentieth Century By J. W. Cunliffe Macmillan, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)" begins on p. 30
Eye on the Flesh: Fashions of Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century By Maurizia Boscagli Westview Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Improving Bodies: From Leonard Bast To Rupert Brooke" begins on p. 66
A Treasury of the World's Great Letters: From Ancient Days to Our Own Time By M. Lincoln Schuster Simon & Schuster, 1940
Librarian’s tip: "Rupert Brooke Tells an English Friend about the Romantic Splendors of the South Seas [A Letter To Edward Marsh]" begins on p. 461
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