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John Betjeman



John Betjeman was born in London on 28 August 1906. He was educated at Marlborough and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1931 his first book of poems, 'Mount Zion', was published by an old Oxford friend, Edward James. His second book was 'Ghastly Good Taste', a commentary on architecture, published in 1934. He was knighted in 1969 and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1972. John Betjeman died on 19 May 1984 at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall and was buried at the nearby church of St Enodoc.
John Murray

Betjeman's England

John Betjeman, Stephen Games, John Betjeman
Authors:
John Betjeman, Stephen Games, John Betjeman
John Murray

Trains and Buttered Toast

John Betjeman, Stephen Games
Authors:
John Betjeman, Stephen Games
John Murray

Tennis Whites and Teacakes

John Betjeman, Stephen Games
Authors:
John Betjeman, Stephen Games

Betjeman's England is a place of patriotic poets and seaside coves, provincial cathedrals and eccentric dons. For fifty years, Betjeman celebrated the glories of Englishness and what it meant to be English. Against a tide of rapid change, he unearthed forgotten heroes, bygone haunts and old-fashioned modes of thought. But as this original collection reveals, his appeal goes far beyond simple nostalgia. It lies in his passionate convictions, his humour and his humanity.What does it mean to be English? What is Englishness? For fifty years, at a time when other people were becoming more internationally aware, John Betjeman immersed himself in the glories of English culture - its places, its writings, its heroes. Seaside architecture, national poets, the great cathedrals, our ancient townscapes - all were hard-won achievements, he pleaded, with pleasures and delights that we threw away at our peril. Tennis Whites and Teacakes brings together the best of Betjeman's poetry, private letters, journalism and musings to present a fully rounded picture of what he stood for. From his arguments for new steel buildings to his amusement about the etiquette of village teashops, it reveals Betjeman not just as a sentimentalist but as a passionate observer with a wonderful sense of humour and an acute eye.

John Murray

John Betjeman Collected Poems

John Betjeman
Authors:
John Betjeman
John Murray

The Best of Betjeman

John Betjeman
Authors:
John Betjeman