Sir John Betjeman was born in 1906 and educated at Marlborough and Magdalen College, Oxford. He gave his first radio talk in 1932; future appearances made him into a national celebrity. He was knighted in 1969 and appointed poet laureate in 1972. He died in 1984. Dr Kevin Gardner is Professor of English at Baylor University, USA. The author of many articles and books, he is the editor of Poems in the Porch, Building Jerusalem and Faith and Doubt of John Betjeman.
Kevin J Gardner has dug up 80 or so lost or neglected poems from the archives, which show the full range of Betjeman's oeuvre over half a century * The Sunday Times * A marvellous gathering of hitherto hidden Betjeman, varied and surprising * Anthony Thwaite, poet and editor of Philip Larkin's 'Collected Poems' * The Betjeman music, but satire, fear and dissonance are its vivid companions * Peter Scupham, poet *