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All Cornwall Thunders at My Door is the first full biography of Charles Causley to be published, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his death in 2003. Laurence Green has compiled a great deal of information concerning Causley’s life in Cornwall and beyond, of his personal history, his influences and motivations, helping to give context to the great legacy left All Cornwall Thunders at My Door is the first full biography of Charles Causley to be published, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his death in 2003. Laurence Green has compiled a great deal of information concerning Causley’s life in Cornwall and beyond, of his personal history, his influences and motivations, helping to give context to the great legacy left to us by “the greatest poet laureate we never had.” “This is the first biography of Charles Causley, and takes us towards the heart of a marvellous poet and deeply intriguing man. It’s all well done: clear, sympathetic, appreciative and shrewd. Everyone who loves Causley’s poems will want to read it.” Sir Andrew Motion Includes photographs not previously published and a foreword by Dr Alan M. Kent.


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All Cornwall Thunders at My Door is the first full biography of Charles Causley to be published, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his death in 2003. Laurence Green has compiled a great deal of information concerning Causley’s life in Cornwall and beyond, of his personal history, his influences and motivations, helping to give context to the great legacy left All Cornwall Thunders at My Door is the first full biography of Charles Causley to be published, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his death in 2003. Laurence Green has compiled a great deal of information concerning Causley’s life in Cornwall and beyond, of his personal history, his influences and motivations, helping to give context to the great legacy left to us by “the greatest poet laureate we never had.” “This is the first biography of Charles Causley, and takes us towards the heart of a marvellous poet and deeply intriguing man. It’s all well done: clear, sympathetic, appreciative and shrewd. Everyone who loves Causley’s poems will want to read it.” Sir Andrew Motion Includes photographs not previously published and a foreword by Dr Alan M. Kent.

40 review for All Cornwall Thunders at My Door: A Biography of Charles Causley

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Having just returned from a privileged stay in Charles Causley’s house at Cyprus Well on a (very productive) writer’s retreat, I was intrigued to know more about the man. I read the book alongside his “Collected Poems 1951-2000” and read a poem every time I came across a reference to a poem in the book (which is helpfully liberally scattered with references to when particularly poems were written and what was going on in his life at the time). It was a great book to get an obviously well researc Having just returned from a privileged stay in Charles Causley’s house at Cyprus Well on a (very productive) writer’s retreat, I was intrigued to know more about the man. I read the book alongside his “Collected Poems 1951-2000” and read a poem every time I came across a reference to a poem in the book (which is helpfully liberally scattered with references to when particularly poems were written and what was going on in his life at the time). It was a great book to get an obviously well researched view of Charles Causley’s life. I found the style rather patronising and felt it diminished the man in some way. It also felt quite defensive about some aspects of his life and personality that may have been questioned - I felt unnecessarily so. I hope there are more publications on Charles Causley’s life as time goes on which are perhaps a little less fawning and more what this great poet deserves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    B J Burton

    Causley was undoubtedly one of our finest poets and this meticulously researched biography is a must have for anyone who enjoys his work. Events from the poet's life are described alongside extracts from the poems, so if you've ever pondered the significance of any particular imagery created by Causley then you may well find the answer here. The author has had access to the poet's diaries and other personal records in the creation of this first biography. The resuIt is a fine biography from some Causley was undoubtedly one of our finest poets and this meticulously researched biography is a must have for anyone who enjoys his work. Events from the poet's life are described alongside extracts from the poems, so if you've ever pondered the significance of any particular imagery created by Causley then you may well find the answer here. The author has had access to the poet's diaries and other personal records in the creation of this first biography. The resuIt is a fine biography from someone who clearly admires and respects his subject, but who hasn't avoided tackling the potentially difficult areas of Causley's life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Interesting and told me lots that I hadn't previously known about Causley's life. But I longed for a deeper analysis of the poetry. I longed for an analysis of where Causley's poetry fitted into the wider perspectives of society as he developed. This struck me as more a hagiography than a biography. Am I being too unfair to say that a substantial message of this book was "He's a great writer. He wasn't gay. He was from Cornwall. He loved his mum. He was from Launceston. He's a great writer. He wa Interesting and told me lots that I hadn't previously known about Causley's life. But I longed for a deeper analysis of the poetry. I longed for an analysis of where Causley's poetry fitted into the wider perspectives of society as he developed. This struck me as more a hagiography than a biography. Am I being too unfair to say that a substantial message of this book was "He's a great writer. He wasn't gay. He was from Cornwall. He loved his mum. He was from Launceston. He's a great writer. He wasn't gay. He was from Cornwall. He loved his mum." ?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bully

    Very much a biography for Causley devotees. Informative and well researched. Drawing a great deal of material from Causley's native Cornwall, particularly from people who knew him from his home town of Launceston, even starting with a short history of the family. From a working class family, Charles Causley was born on 24th August 1917. His father volunteered in 1914, serving in the 2nd Wessex Division of the Royal Army Driver Service Corps, losing his right index finger along with contracting TB Very much a biography for Causley devotees. Informative and well researched. Drawing a great deal of material from Causley's native Cornwall, particularly from people who knew him from his home town of Launceston, even starting with a short history of the family. From a working class family, Charles Causley was born on 24th August 1917. His father volunteered in 1914, serving in the 2nd Wessex Division of the Royal Army Driver Service Corps, losing his right index finger along with contracting TB as a consequence of phosphorous gas. He was invalided out of the Forces in 1919 and never recovered, dying on 31st March 1924. Causley's mother cleaned houses or took in washing. A short sighted , small thin , Causley learnt to read quickly, his teenage years stimulated by visits to the local two penny library, The Left Book Club, and Sassoon's poetry were amongst his influences. He began writing plays. The biography shows how he was of the generation that was still haunted by World War 1, and having to face the prospect of a new war. Being accepted by the Royal Navy in 1940, in spite of his short sightedness, Causley became successful as a coder. And his poetry started to get published. A pattern emerges. Causley seemed to flourish in Cornwall both before and after World War 2. His war wasn't actioned packed, compared with the famous poets of World War 2, Keith Douglas, Alun Lewis, Alan Ross, Causley flouted the regulations by keeping a diary. He returned to Cornwall after a post-war college course, teaching infants, writing poems for both adults and children, looking after his elderly mother, absorbing local history and folklore. Broadcasting sometimes, and becoming friends with such luminaries as Ted Hughes, Sir John Betjman, Laurence Green appears as Charles Causley's advocate, counting him as the greatest Poet Laureate that we never had. Yes for all the charm of Causley's work, felt that it would have been great to hear more about Causley's importance as poet beyond Cornwall. Long for more critical analysis of the poetry: Why is it that arguably his two most famous works are 'Timothy Winter' , a lice ridden runt of the class who seems to be needing Social Service intervention , and the 'Chief Petty Officer' ? Causley comes over as a likeable and talented chap, but what's was his resonance for English literature as a whole?

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