Friends and Apostles by Dr. Keith Hale
The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905-1914

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The correspondance between the poet Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) and his friend James Strachey, later the primary English translator of the works of Sigmund Freud, here appears in print for the first time. These various letters - often irreverent, sometimes humorous, and so revealing that Brook's literary executors long resisted their publication, illuminate one of the last pieces of the complex puzzle of Brooke's life. Brooke wrote more frequently to Strachey than to anyone other than his mother, and was more candid than in letters to others in which he often assumed a variety of carefully constructed poses. Friends from boyhood, Brooke and Strachey were undergraduates at Cambridge when James fell in love with his handsome, charming companion. As well as their shared interest in politics, literature, art, and theatre, the letters deal often and explicitly with the subject of homosexuality and with the sometimes scandalous activities of many of their close circle. Brook and Strachey compare observations of fellow members of the exclusive Cambridge "Apostles", of mutual Bloomsbury friends, and of such fellow Fabian Socialists as Hugh Grant and Beatrice Webb. The correspondance provides biographical, psychological and cultural insights into Rupert Brooke and his poetry, and reveals the complexities of the man behind the heroic legend that his early death inspired.
 

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Rupert Brooke was a poet who took a patriotic, somewhat idealized, view of World War I. He was born in Rugby, where his father was headmaster of a house at the elite Rugby School. Blond, athletic, and intelligent, Brooke embodied the English stereotype of the golden youth. After he had studied at the Rugby School, Brooke went on to King's College, where he joined the Apostles, a venerable intellectual club, which counted Alfred Lord Tennyson among its earlier members. In 1911, Brooke published his first collection of poetry titled Poems. His verse moved from fashionably decadent to nearly Georgian, often with a quiet pastoralism that now seems conventional. Brooke joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in August 1914, served in Belgium, and was sent to Gallipoli with the Hood Battalion but died of blood poisoning en route in the Aegean. He is best remembered for his war sonnets, which idealize both combat and patriotic feelings in a way that other war poets would later react against sharply.
 
Published December 11, 1998 by Yale University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Hale, a professor of English at the University of Guam, assembles here a long overdue compilation of the correspondence between two Bloomsbury figures: the poet and WWI martyr Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, brother of the more famous writer Lytton but important on his own as Freud's main Engli...

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