About

About

I am an Associate Professor in English Literature and Head of the English Department at Liverpool Hope University. I studied at St Andrews University (first-class MA, with the Class Medal, the Rutherford Prize and the Wyatt-Fenty Prize) and then at The Queen’s College, Oxford University (M.Phil and D.Phil, both funded by the AHRC).
I have held lectureships at Oxford (St Edmund Hall and Merton), Swansea, Brighton and London (Queen Mary) as well as a teaching fellowship at St Andrews.  I was a Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellow at NUI Galway during 2015-16, and an Ernest Walder Memorial Scholar at Gladstone’s Library during 2017.  I shall be giving the British Academy’s Chatterton Lecture on Poetry in November 2018.
My next book, Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, will be published by Yale University Press in October 2018 (£18.99 in hardback).
Wilfred Owen (Yale University Press, 2014): ‘rarely has a poet been better served than by Guy Cuthbertson’s sensitive and beautifully-written account […] Should you purchase this truly lovely and deeply humane book, I guarantee you will read and re-read it – maybe for the rest of your life’ (The Birmingham Post and syndicated)’, ‘[a] scintillating biography’ (Times Higher Education Supplement), ‘very readable, focused, vigorous, well-documented’ (The New Statesman), ‘impressive’ (The Sunday Herald), ‘Book of the Week’ (The Daily Mail), ‘written with such sincerity, diligence and empathy’ (The Financial Times), ‘admirably thorough – four stars’ (The Sunday Times), five stars (Ilkley Gazette and syndicated), ‘this book is rewarding’ (Country Life), the week’s Number 1 Most Reviewed Book (The Bookseller), ‘rigorously researched, a sensitive, three-dimensional portrait’ (The Australian), recommended in The Daily Mirror and by the BBC, ‘an amiable and admiring account’ (Standpoint), ‘lively, frequently witty, and extensively researched’ (The Use of English), ‘absorbing’ (TLS), ‘scrupulous, thoughtful, open-minded, fired with enthusiasm for the poems and respect for the man – a fine biography’ (The Times), ‘recommended’ (Choice), ‘an original, sparkling book – lively and elegant, textured and engaging’ (Friends of the Dymock Poets Newsletter), Booklist (American Library Association) starred review and one of the Top Ten Biographies of the Year (June 2013-May 2014), ‘throws a different light on the poet’s life’ (Sydney Morning Herald), ‘valuable’ (BBC History Magazine), ‘highly recommended’ (The National Review).
I am a General Editor, with Lucy Newlyn, of the six-volume Oxford University Press edition of Edward Thomas’s prose, and I have edited the first two volumes: Autobiographies was published in March 2011, and then England and Wales (co-edited with Lucy Newlyn) was published in November that year.  With Lucy Newlyn, I am now editing the sixth volume, Pilgrimages.  Autobiographies was one of the ‘Books of the Year’ for 2011 in The Times Literary Supplement (‘Guy Cuthbertson’s splendidly edited Autobiographies promises well for the series’), and, in English Literature in Transition, Michel Pharand commented that ‘Guy Cuthbertson’s editorial apparatus cannot be faulted […] If Autobiographies is any indication, the other volumes are likely to become indispensable resources for the rediscovery of a large and neglected part of Edward Thomas’s oeuvre’.  Both volumes were praised in a long review in The Times Literary Supplement, and in The Observer Robert Macfarlane chose England and Wales as his summer reading. In The Literary Review, Macfarlane described the volumes as ‘superbly edited’.
I have written a number of articles and chapters on Edward Thomas, most recently a chapter on Edward Thomas for A Cambridge History of World War One Poetry.  I have also co-edited, with Lucy Newlyn, a successful anthology called Branch-Lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry (Enitharmon, 2007).
I would be interested in supervising postgraduates working on Victorian and modern poetry, life-writing, literary landscapes, the First World War, Edwardian Britain, Edward Thomas, the Arts and Crafts Movement, or related topics.
External Examining: Edge Hill University; Royal Holloway, University of London (PhD); University of Exeter (PhD); University of Durham (PhD).