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While researching the local history of New Zealand Stallworthy discovered an obscure volume entitled Early Northern Wairoa written by his great-grandfather, John Stallworthy (1854-1923), in 1916. From this book he learned that his great-great-grandfather, George Stallworthy (1809-1859), had left his birthplace of Preston Bissett in Buckinghamshire, England, for the Marquesas as a missionary. This discovery led in turn to him finding family-related letters in the archives of the London Missionary Society. Stallworthy's book A Familiar Tree (Oxford University Press, 1978) is a collection of poetry inspired by events depicted in these documents. Singing School is an autobiography which emphasises Stallworthy's development as a poet.
Stallworthy wrote a short summary of war poetry in the introductory chapter to the Oxford Book of War Poetry (Edited by Jon Stallworthy, Oxford University Press, 1984), as well as editing several anthologies of war poetry and writing a biography of Wilfred Owen. In 2010 he received the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award from the Wilfred Owen Association. In the course of his literary career, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy.
The Astronomy of Love, by Jon Stallworthy. (London: Oxford University Press, 1961)
Out of Bounds, by Jon Stallworthy. (1963)
Between the Lines: W. B. Yeats's Poetry in the Making, by Jon Stallworthy. (1963)
Yeats: Last Poems, a Casebook, by Jon Stallworthy. (London: Macmillan, 1968)
Root and Branch, by Jon Stallworthy. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1969)
Positives, by Jon Stallworthy. (1969)
Vision and Revision in Yeats's Last Poems, by Jon Stallworthy. (1969)
Five Centuries of Polish Poetry, 1450-1970, by Jerzy Peterkiewicz and Burns Singer; 2nd edition with new poems translated in collaboration with Jon Stallworthy. (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1970) ISBN0-19-211298-8
The Twelve, and Other Poems, by Alexander Blok; translated from Russian by Jon Stallworthy and Peter France. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1970)
Wilfred Owen, by Jon Stallworthy. (London: Oxford University Press, 1974) ISBN0-19-211719-X
Hand in Hand, by Jon Stallworthy. (1974)
The Apple Barrel, by Jon Stallworthy. (1974)
A Book of Love Poetry, edited by Jon Stallworthy. (1974)
A Familiar Tree, by Jon Stallworthy; drawings by David Gentleman. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1978) ISBN0-19-520050-0
Selected Poems, by Boris Pasternak; translated from Russian by Jon Stallworthy and Peter France. (New York: W. W. Norton, 1983) ISBN0-393-01819-9
The Guest from the Future, by Jon Stallworthy. (Carcanet Press, 1995) ISBN1-85754-132-4
The Norton Anthology of Poetry, edited by Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter, and Jon Stallworthy. (New York: W. W. Norton, 1996) ISBN0-393-96820-0
Rounding the Horn: Collected Poems, by Jon Stallworthy. (Carcanet Press, 1998) ISBN1-85754-163-4
Singing School: The Making of a Poet, by Jon Stallworthy. (John Murray, 1998) ISBN0-7195-5715-1
The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Volume 2C, The Twentieth Century, edited by Jon Stallworthy; M. H. Abrams, general editor; Stephen Greenblatt, associate editor. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2000) ISBN0-393-97570-3
Great Poets of World War I: poetry from the great war, by Jon Stallworthy. (New York: Carroll and Graf, 2002) ISBN0-7867-1098-5