John Fuller (poet)

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John Fuller FRSL (born 1 January 1937) is an English poet and author, and Fellow Emeritus at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Biography[edit]

John Fuller was born in Britain on 1 January 1937, at Ashford, Kent, the son of poet and Oxford Professor Roy Fuller, and educated at St Paul's School and New College, Oxford.

He began teaching in 1962 at the State University of New York, then continued at the University of Manchester. From 1966 to 2002 he was a Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford; he is now Fellow Emeritus.

He has published 15 collections of poetry, including Stones and Fires (1996), Now and for a Time (2002) and the recent Song and Dance (2008). Chatto and Windus published a Collected Poems in 1996.[1] His novel Flying to Nowhere (1983), a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, and was nominated for the Booker Prize. In 1996 he won the Forward Prize for Stones and Fires and in 2006 the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. His poem Ship of Sounds, illustrated with a wood engraving by the artist Garrick Palmer, was published in 1981 in an edition of 130 by Gruffyground Press.

In 1968, John Fuller established the Sycamore Press, which he ran from his garage.[2] The Sycamore Press published some of the most influential and critically acclaimed poets of the latter half of the twentieth century, such as W. H. Auden, Philip Larkin and Peter Porter. In addition to these established authors, the Press sought to promote younger poets, many of whom have gone on to achieve great success. The Sycamore Press ceased operations in 1992, and is an excellent example of a British small press, publishing for motives other than profit. John Fuller and the Sycamore Press (Bodleian Library, 2010) includes an interview with John Fuller and personal reflections by Sycamore Press authors about Fuller, the press and the works it produced. The book also includes a bibliography of the pamphlets and broadsides Fuller produced.

John Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Poetry[edit]

  • Fairground Music (1961)
  • The Tree that Walked (1967)
  • Cannibals and Missionaries
  • Epistles to Several Persons
  • The Mountain and the Sea
  • Lies and Secrets
  • The Illusionists(1980)
  • Waiting for the Music
  • The Beautiful Inventions
  • Selected Poems 1954 to 1982
  • Partingtime Hall (with James Fenton)
  • The Grey Among the Green
  • The Mechanical Body
  • Stones and Fires (1996)
  • Now and for a Time (2002)
  • Collected Poems
  • The Solitary Life (Clutag Press, 2005)
  • The Space of Joy (2006)
  • Song and Dance (2008)

Fiction[edit]

  • Flying to Nowhere
  • The Adventures of Speedfall
  • Tell It Me Again
  • The Burning Boys
  • Look Twice
  • The Worm and the Star
  • A Skin Diary
  • The Memoirs of Laetitia Horsepole

Criticism[edit]

  • A Reader's Guide to W.H. Auden (1970)
  • The Sonnet
  • Who is Ozymandias? and other puzzles in poetry (2011)

For children[edit]

  • Herod Do Your Worst (1968)
  • Squeaking Crust (1970)
  • The Spider Monkey Uncle King
  • The Last Bid
  • The Extraordinary Wool Mill and other stories (1980)
  • Come Aboard and Sail Away

As editor[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ryan Roberts, John Fuller and the Sycamore Press: a bibliographic history (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chatto Poetry: ISBN 0-7011-6328-3. 480 pages.
  2. ^ Roberts, Ryan, John Fuller and the Sycamore Press. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2010.

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