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The works of Sir John Betjeman CBE


Work


Printed


Most of the work below has been published more than once. In most cases the details given are those of first publication.


Verse


    * Betjeman, John (1931). Mount Zion, or in touch with the infinite. London: James Press. (With illustrations).

    * Betjeman, John (1937). Continual Dew, a little book of bourgeois verse. London: John Murray. (With illustrations).

    * Epsilon [Betjeman, John] (1938). Sir John Piers. Mullingar: Westmeath Examiner.

    * Betjeman, John (1940). Old Lights for New Chancels, verses topographical and amatory. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1945). New Bats in Old Belfries. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1947). Slick but not Streamlined. Garden City N.Y.:Doubleday & Co. (With an introduction by W. H. Auden).

    * Betjeman, John (1950). Selected Poems: chosen with a preface by John Hanbury Angus Sparrow. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1954). A Few Late Chrysanthemums. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1954). Poems in the Porch. London: SPCK. (Illustrated by John Piper).

    * Betjeman, John (1958). John Betjeman’s Collected Poems. London: John Murray. (Compiled and with an introduction by the Earl of Birkenhead)

    * Betjeman, John (1959). Altar and Pew, Church of England verses. London: Edward G. Hulton.

    * Betjeman, John (1960). Summoned by Bells. London: John Murray. (With drawings by Michael Tree).

    * Betjeman, John (1962). A Ring of Bells. London: John Murray. (Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone).

    * Betjeman, John (1966). High and low. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1971). A Wembley Lad and The Crem. London: Poem-of-the-month Club.

    * Maugham, Robin (1977). The barrier : a novel containing five sonnets by John Betjeman written in the style of the period. London: WH Allen.

    * Betjeman, John (1974). A nip in the air. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1976). Betjeman in Miniature: selected poems of Sir John Betjeman. Paisley: Gleniffer Press.

    * Betjeman, John (1978). The best of Betjeman: selected by John Guest. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1981). Church poems. London: John Murray. (Illustrated by John Piper).

    * Betjeman, John (1982). Uncollected poems: with a foreword by Bevis Hillier. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (2005). Faith and Doubt of John Betjeman: An Anthology of Betjeman's Religious Verse London: Continuum. (Edited by Kevin J. Gardner).

    * Betjeman, John (2007). Tennis Whites and Teacakes: An Anthology of Betjeman's prose and verse. Edited and introduced by Stephen Games. London: John Murray.


Prose


    * Betjeman, John (1933). Ghastly good taste, or the depressing story of the rise and fall of British architecture. London: Chapman & Hall.

    * Betjeman, John (1934). Cornwall Illustrated, in a Series of Views. London: Architectural Press. (A Shell Guide).

    * Betjeman, John (1936). Devon - Compiled with many illustrations.. London: Architectural Press. (A Shell Guide).

    * Betjeman, John (1938). An Oxford University Chest, comprising a description of the present state of the town and University of Oxford. London: John Miles. (Illustrated in line and halftone by L. Moholy-Nagy, Osbert Lancaster, Edward Bradley and others).

    * Betjeman, John (1939). Antiquarian Prejudice. London: Hogarth Press (Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlet #3).

    * Betjeman, John (1942). Vintage London. London: William Collins.

    * Betjeman, John (1943). English Cities and Small Towns. London: William Collins. (One of series: The British People in Pictures).

    * Betjeman, John (1944). English Scottish and Welsh landscape 1700-1860. London: Frederick Muller Ltd.

    * Betjeman, John (1944). John Piper. London: Penguin Books. (One of series: The Penguin Modern Painters).

    * Betjeman, John; Lewis, CS; et al (1946). Five sermons by laymen. Northampton: St Matthew's Church.

    * Betjeman, John (1947). ed Watergate Children’s Classics. London: Watergate Classics.

    * Betjeman, John; Piper, John (Eds.) (1948). Murray’s Buckinghamshire Architectural Guide. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John; Piper, John (Eds.) (1949). Murray’s Berkshire Architectural Guide. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1950). Studies in the History of Swindon. Swindon. (with many others).

    * Betjeman, John; Piper, John (1951). Shropshire - with maps and illustrations. London: Faber & Faber. (Shell Guide).

    * Betjeman, John (1952). First and Last Loves, essays on towns and architecture. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1953); et al. Gala day London, photographs by Izis Bidermanas. Harvill Press.

    * Betjeman, John (1956). The English Town in the Last Hundred Years, The Rede Lecture. Cambridge: CUP.

    * Betjeman, John (1958). Collins Guide to English Parish Churches, including the Isle of Man. London: Collins.

    * Betjeman, John (1960). First and Last Loves. London: Arrow Books. (With drawings by John Piper).

    * Betjeman, John (ca 1962). Clifton College buildings. Bristol. (Reprinted from Centenary essays on Clifton College).

    * Betjeman, John (1964). Cornwall, A Shell Guide . Faber and Faber. (A Shell Guide).

    * Betjeman, John; Clarke, Basil (1964). English Churches. London: Vista Books.

    * Betjeman, John (1965). The City of London Churches. London: Pitkin Pictorials. (One of Pitkin Pride of Britain series).

    * Betjeman, John (1968). Collins pocket guide to English parish churches. London: Collins.

    * Betjeman, John (1969). Victorian and Edwardian London from old photographs. London: Batsford.

    * Perry George; et al (1970). The book of the Great Western, with introduction by J. Betjeman . London: Sunday Times Magazine.

    * Betjeman, John (1972). A pictorial history of English architecture. London: John Murray.

    * Betjeman, John (1972). London's historic railway stations. London: John Murray. (Photographs by John Gay).

    * Betjeman, John (1974). A plea for Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street. London: Church Literature Association. (With four drawings by Gavin Stamp).

    * Betjeman, John; Rowse, AL (1976). Victorian and Edwardian Cornwall from old photographs. London: Batsford.

    * Betjeman, John (1977). Archie and the Strict Baptists. London: John Murray. (Children's stories: illustrated by Phillida Gili).

    * Betjeman, John (1977). Metro-land. London: Warren Editions. (Limited edition: with lithographs by Glynn Boyd Harte).

    * Betjeman, John (1984). Betjeman's Cornwall. London: John Murray. ISBN 0-7195-4106-9*

    * Betjeman, John (2007). Tennis Whites and Teacakes: An Anthology of Betjeman's prose and verse. Edited and introduced by Stephen Games. London: John Murray.


Recordings


    * Betjeman, John and Parker, Jim. Banana Blush, Varsity Rag, Betjeman's Britain, Late Flowering Love: John Betjeman reads his poems with musical accompaniment provided by Jim Parker (composer)


Radio/Prose


    * Betjeman, John (2006). Trains and Buttered Toast: Selected BBC Radio Talks, 1932-55. London: John Murray. (Edited and introduced by Stephen Games.)

    * Betjeman, John (2007). Sweet Songs of Zion. London: Hodder & Stoughton. (Edited and introduced by Stephen Games.)


Television


His television programmes included:


    * John Betjeman In The West Country, made for the defunct ITV company TWW in 1962. This series was long thought lost, but was rediscovered in the 1990s and shown on Channel 4 under the titles The Lost Betjemans and Betjeman Revisited

    * John Betjeman Goes By Train, a co-production between BBC East Anglia and British Transport Films, made in 1962

    * One Man's County, BBC programme from 1964, about Cornwall

    * Something About Diss, made for BBC East Anglia in 1964

    * Two episodes in the Bird's Eye View series, An Englishman's Home and Beside The Seaside, made for the BBC in 1969

    * Betjeman In Australia, a co-production between the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Commission, made in 1971

    * Thank God It's Sunday, made for the BBC in 1972

    * Metro-land, a poetic and humorous journey on the Metropolitan Line from Baker Street to rural Buckinghamshire, made for the BBC in 1973

    * A Passion For Churches, made for the BBC in 1974

    * Summoned By Bells, a television version of his verse autobiography, made for the BBC in 1976

    * Vicar Of This Parish, a documentary about Francis Kilvert and his love of Herefordshire and the Welsh Marches, made for the BBC in 1976

    * Queen's Realm, a compilation programme made for the Silver Jubilee in 1977, most of it compiled from 1968/69 Bird's Eye View footage

    * Time With Betjeman, his final and retrospective series (1983), which included extracts from much of his television work, conversations with his producer Jonathan Stedall and many friends and colleagues, and included a memorable final interview filmed outside his home in Cornwall.

    * Betjeman and Me, series aired by BBC Two in August 2006, a retrospective of Betjeman's life, loves and poetry. The series comprised three authored doumentaries: TV chef Rick Stein on Betjeman's connections to Cornwall, architectural historian, conservationist and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank on Betjeman's role as a supporter of architectural heritage, and actor Griff Rhys Jones on Betjeman's poetry considered from a literary perspective.


Quotes


    * “Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.”

    * “I don't think I am any good. If I thought I was any good, I wouldn't be.”

    * “Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life.”

    * "Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold, Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold."