Collected Poems, Paperback / softback Book

Collected Poems Paperback / softback

Edited by Michael Murphy

Part of the Salt Modern Poets series

Paperback / softback

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Kenneth Allott was born in Glamorgan and educated in Newcastle and Oxford.

Widely regarded as one of the most promising poets of the late Thirties, he published just two volumes in his lifetime, Poems (Hogarth Press, 1938) and The Ventriloquist's Doll (The Cresset Press, 1942).

A posthumous Collected Poems (Secker & Warburg, 1975) gathered his earlier publications with a selection of unpublished work, edited by Miriam Allott and Roy Fuller.

In Michael Murphy's new annotated edition of the Collected Poems all Allot's previously published work is combined with eighteen new poems, some of which have only recently come to light, the whole collection is introduced and annotated by Murphy and now represents the most complete picture of one of the UK's most compelling war time poets. Allott held a position at Liverpool University from 1948 until the time of his death in 1973.

Allott's wife succeeded him as Chair in Modern English, and in 1978 established the Kenneth Allott Lecture in Poetry.

This Collected Poems is published in 2008, the thirtieth anniversary of the Lecture and the year in which Liverpool is designated the European Capital of Culture.