Keith Douglas used to be in all probability the best poet of the second one international conflict. He was once killed in Normandy 3 days after D-Day. He was once simply twenty-four. His brief lifestyles was once certainly one of contradictions: the talented artist and romantic, constantly in love with the inaccurate lady additionally loved soldiering and was once fast to volunteer at first of the conflict. The courageous and innovative tank commander with the Sherwood Rangers within the Western wasteland, within the crusade of which his Alemein to Zem Zem is the vintage account, used to be additionally an outspoken critic of the army institution and sometimes in hassle together with his superiors. there has been continuously one other aspect to Keith Douglas: tough, even conceited, he used to be even as, as Desmond Graham, observes in his unique preface, 'generous, delicate to the problems of others, remorselessly sincere, lively, and passionately, innocently open.' Douglas made in his short existence a few neighbors who by no means forgot him, and whose thoughts of him have contributed a lot to this book.
For this biography, Desmond Graham had entry to a lot inner most and unpublished fabric. From that, interviews, Keith Douglas' personal poems, letters and drawings emerges a definitive biography.
'An nearly unqualified luck . . . Mr Graham has used his fabric with nice ability and tact.' Roy Fuller
'It is tough to visualize a greater biography than this being written approximately Keith Douglas . . . Desmond Graham offers us with an stunning volume of information.' Stephen Spender
'Extremely well-done . . it's written with authority and it'll be standard.' Peter Levi
'Sumptuously evocative' John Carey