Poetry Book Society


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Anthologization Anne Stevenson
AS has continued to contribute poems to many of the available outlets: journals like PN Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland, The...
Anthologization Wendy Cope
Many of these poems first appeared in newspapers and periodicals: the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Review, and so on, and one pseudonymously as a submission...
Literary responses Eavan Boland
The volume (called by Jody Allen Randolph a sustained meditation on power and loss—of nation, of language, of illusions, and possibly of the self anchored by these)
Randolph, Jody Allen. “What Great Art Removes”. Women’s Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 21-2.
was a Poetry Book Society Choice.
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Literary responses Eavan Boland
This collection received a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.
OCLC WorldCat. http://www.oclc.org/firstsearch/content/worldcat/. Accessed 1999.
Occupation Philip Larkin
From the 1960s PL became a committee-man and public intellectual. He rendered service in various ways to his profession of librarianship. For the Arts Council of Great Britain he served on the literature panel, and...
Occupation Kate Clanchy
For a year KC worked at the Oxford University Department of Education . From then until the present she has continued her freelance career as a teacher, writer, journalist, and broadcaster. She has been a...
Occupation Jo Shapcott
JS began teaching English at Rolle College in Exmouth (one of the three main campuses of the University of Plymouth , which, however, is due to be relocated in a movement towards centralization). She then...
Publishing Penelope Shuttle
The slim volume, whose cover reproduces a picture of a horse from Mughal India, saddled but riderless, was one of the series Oxford Poets. It is dedicated to PS 's husband and daughter....
Reception Helen Dunmore
HD became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997 and was awarded an Honorary DLitt by the University of Glamorgan in 1998.
Who’s Who. Adam and Charles Black.
In 1996 she became a judging member of the T...
Reception Elaine Feinstein
This volume won a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.
Feinstein, Elaine. The Clinic, Memory. Carcanet.
Reception Patricia Beer
According to the Dictionary of Literary Biography, reviewers liked this book, praising its vivid and forceful use of language. PB , however, later remembered that it brought the killer bees out in force, led...
Reception Selima Hill
SH 's mother was delighted at her success, but nonetheless afraid of the events of her life becoming public: after this Hill began to carefully code her poems to evade biographical criticism.
Taylor, Debbie. “Interview with Selima Hill”. Mslexia, Vol.
, pp. 39-40.
This book...
Reception Penelope Shuttle
This was PS 's third book to be chosen as a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Reception Patricia Beer
Reviews were again highly favourable, and this book too was a Poetry Book Society choice. Caroline L. Cherry has written that here traditional forms and meters, paradoxes, dazzling wordplay, and complexities are tempered with a...
Reception Selima Hill
This book was another Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Hill, Selima. My Sister’s Horse. Smith/Doorstop Books.
On its cover Michèle Roberts is quoted writing in Time Out that SH evokes the inner childhood world we're supposed to give up as we become...


1953: The Poetry Book Society was founded, largely...

Writing climate item


The Poetry Book Society was founded, largely through the efforts of T. S. Eliot , to promote the reading of poetry.

By late July 1963: Rosemary Tonks (1928-2014) issued the first...

Women writers item

By late July 1963

Rosemary Tonks (1928-2014) issued the first of her two volumes of poetry, Notes on Cafés and Bedrooms, which was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. The second collection, Iliad of Broken Sentences, appeared in 1967.


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