Stanley Spencer is recognised as a British artist of singular vision, but he was also a prolifc and highly individual writer. In moments between painting, Spencer wrote thousands of letters. He filled notebooks, diaries and scraps of paper, recording his daily thoughts and future plans in a distinctly Spencerian manner. This book brings together for the first time an extensive selection of Spencer's key letters, notes and theoretical writings. Adrian Glew has selected from the wealth of Spencer's unpublished manuscripts in the Tate Archive and includes important sections of Spencer's autobiography which remained unfinished at the time of his death. Spencer always believed that his writings were as important as his paintings, and this volume offers a unique insight into Spencer as writer, thinker and artist.
The three volumes will be published by the Unicorn Publishing Group. The first, titled Stanley Spencer: Looking to Heaven, focuses on his early years, including his service in the first world war. Having been a hospital orderly, he was a soldier on the Salonika front in Macedonia.