A much-prized collection of essays carefully chosen to introduce new difficult or neglected work (mainly poetry but also fiction) from the final third of the twentieth century on both sides of the Atlantic. The authors have been selected through chance discoveries, personal inclination or recommendations because of something of special interest found in their work.
The essays are rigorous in their treatment of the daring, ingenuity and sometimes experimental aspects of the chosen writers, including a focus on tone and movement. Basil Bunting, Robert Creeley, Roy Fisher, Alan Jenkins, Hugh MacDiarmid, Gael Turnbull and Louis Zukovsky are among those discussed. A must for teachers and students alike.
"I have learned more from Kenneth Cox’s essays than from any living critic of twentieth century poetry. He writes with masterly directness about the masters of indiscretion, and his summarizing power rivals that of Samuel Johnson."
Kenneth Cox was born in London in 1916. He attended local institutions of learning at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He had no academic attainments but on ending military service in the Second World War he was made MBE.