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© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Rupert Brooke: Selected full-text books and articles

Red Wine of Youth: A Life of Rupert Brooke
Arthur Stringer.
The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1948
The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke
Geoffrey Keynes; Rupert Brooke.
Faber and Faber, 1946 (2nd edition)
FREE! Letters from America
Rupert Brooke; Henry James.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1916
FREE! John Webster and the Elizabethan Drama
Rupert Brooke.
John Lane Company, 1916
Modern Verse in English, 1900-1950
David Cecil; Allen Tate.
Macmillan, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Rupert Brooke (Br. 1887-1915)" begins on p. 286
FREE! Modern British Poetry
Louis Untermeyer.
Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920
Librarian’s tip: "Rupert Brooke" begins on p. 193
English Literature in the Twentieth Century
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
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
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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