SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED by Hermann Hagedorn


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The biography of John Magee, poet-pilot whose war sonnet, High Flight, has been ranked with Rupert Brooke's first world war poetry. The biography is built from letters and interviews, and shows much of Brooke in Magee -- mercurial, restive, romantic and very young (he was killed a month after enlisting in the RAF -- at 18). Years at school, Rugby, first love, a summer -- at 17 -- in America where he was caught at the outbreak of war, and then return and the quick end to a potential career. There seems scarcely enough -- in one memorable poem -- to warrant a biography, in these days, though Hagedorn has done a better than adequate job.

Publisher: Macmillan