Richard Aldington, born Edward Godfree Aldington, (1892-1962) was an English writer and poet. He was best known for his World War I poetry, the 1929 novel Death of a Hero, and the controversy arising from his 1955 Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Inquiry. His 1946 biography, Wellington, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for that year. His poetry was associated with the Imagist group, and his work forms almost one third of the Imagists inaugural anthology Des Imagistes (1914). He wrote with an acid pen as he was embittered by the war. His novels in fact contained thinly-veiled, disconcerting (at least to the subjects) portraits of some of his friends, particularly T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence and Ezra Pound. His works include: Images of Desire (1919), Images of War (1919), War and Love (1919), Medallions in Clay (1921), Exile and Other poems (1923) and French Studies and Reviews (1926).