Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Song Of Love: The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier” as Want to Read:
Song Of Love: The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Song Of Love: The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
He was the great English poet of the First World War. She was a shy but perceptive teenage schoolgirl. The passionate, witty, and inspiring letters they exchanged--never before published--will surely be hailed as one of the most romantic of all literary correspondences, and as a rich and truthful portrait of Edwardian and Georgian England. 32 pages of photos.
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published August 25th 1992 by Crown
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Song Of Love, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Song Of Love

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-35)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Esdaile
Jan 21, 2012 Esdaile rated it really liked it
This is a delightful book to dip into from time to time. There is an innocence and verve and keeness to this correspondence which are more knowing, jaded and muggy times cannot I fear reenact. It is a book I am happy to own, although I seldom look it but I am conscious of it, like a love of long ago that one "owns" and cannot reproduce reenact but will never forget so long as there is breath and awareness and the spirit lives. God bless them.
Fran Wilson
Oct 25, 2009 Fran Wilson rated it it was amazing
Offers more insight in to the private life of Rupert Brooke than any biography I have read. Heartfelt, self-indulgent, loving, intelligent, funny, desperate, Brooke reveals the many sides of his complex personality in his letters to Noel.
Cassandra
Aug 27, 2014 Cassandra rated it really liked it
I knew little about Brooke before I began reading it; that he had been a poet, and died young, and been lionised after his death as the golden youth of England, made into a symbol of the glory of the first World War, and then of course when that glory was criticised and the truth about the nightmare of trench warfare began to be shared, Brooke fell in estimation until now he is largely forgotten.

These letters are very good, Brooke and Olivier both -- I wish someone would do a proper biography of
...more
Gavin
May 25, 2012 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Rupert and Noel met in 1908. He was twenty and she was fifteen. The resulting correspondence found here lasted until Rupert died in Gallipoli in 1915. The subjects, breadth of discussion and passion and interest was one of the great love stories that wasn't.

In an age where people knew literature, quoted it, and wrote some of their own and then wrote ever so many letters these letters stand out to me. Britain seemed so small at the time, and almost everyone knew everyone else or knew of them and
...more
Emma McEvoy
Emma McEvoy rated it really liked it
Mar 15, 2013
Cynthia
Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2015
Nalora
Nalora rated it it was amazing
Jun 08, 2012
Pat
Pat rated it really liked it
Jul 20, 2011
Leslie Smith
Leslie Smith rated it really liked it
Oct 24, 2015
Tony
Tony rated it liked it
Jul 07, 2013
Allison
Allison rated it liked it
Apr 01, 2013
Clare Charlotte
Clare Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Sep 24, 2011
Diana
Diana rated it really liked it
Mar 30, 2011
Sarah (Presto agitato)
Sarah (Presto agitato) rated it really liked it
Aug 23, 2011
Keiko
Keiko rated it liked it
Sep 10, 2012
Bieiris
Bieiris rated it really liked it
Sep 01, 2012
Susan Liston
Susan Liston rated it really liked it
Aug 24, 2016
Tracey
Tracey rated it really liked it
Mar 18, 2013
Saskia
Saskia rated it really liked it
Aug 28, 2008
Deborah Ryan
Deborah Ryan rated it really liked it
Nov 25, 2012
Tessa
Tessa rated it really liked it
Nov 10, 2008
Henry
Henry rated it liked it
May 15, 2015
Kelly Swordmaker
Kelly Swordmaker rated it liked it
Jan 14, 2013
Katherine Nabity
Katherine Nabity marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2010
Elin Heron
Elin Heron marked it as to-read
Apr 30, 2011
Hayley
Hayley added it
Jul 26, 2011
Larry
Larry marked it as to-read
Jan 23, 2012
Misha
Misha marked it as to-read
Mar 02, 2013
Anna
Anna marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2013
Marilyn
Marilyn marked it as to-read
Aug 14, 2013
Morgan
Morgan marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2014
Karen
Karen marked it as to-read
Dec 25, 2015
Patricia
Patricia marked it as to-read
Nov 05, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book