Jamie McKendrick

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Jamie McKendrick (born 1955) is an English poet.

Early life and education[edit]

McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955.


McKendrick has published five collections of poetry. He is the editor of The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems (2004).


McKendrick has translated six books of fiction by the Italian novelist Giorgio Bassani, including The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, published as individual volumes by Penguin in the United Kingdom,[1] and scheduled to be published together in an omnibus by W. W. Norton in the United States.[2] McKendrick is the third translator to tackle Bassani. Though one reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement complained that his rendering was inappropriately colloquial,[3] another praised him as "undoubtedly Bassani's finest translator yet, capturing his elegance and subtle ironies." [4] A reviewer for The Guardian judged that "McKendrick's unforced translation accurately captures Bassani's lucid, luminous style."[5]


McKendrick was named as one of the Poetry Society's 'New Generation' poets in the 1990s, with the Society selecting his 1997 collection Marble Fly as a Poetry Society Book Choice. Marble Fly also won the 'Best Poetry Collection of the Year' award at the Forward Poetry Prize ceremony.

Other awards include:

His collections have been shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award.

Published collections[edit]

  • The Sirocco Room (Oxford University Press, 1991)
  • The Kiosk on the Brink (Oxford University Press, 1993)
  • The Marble Fly (Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • Sky Nails: Poems 1979-1997 (Faber and Faber, 2000)
  • Ink Stone (Faber and Faber, 2003)
  • Crocodiles and Obelisks (Faber and Faber, 2007)
  • The Embrace: Selected Poems by Valerio Magrelli (Faber and Faber, 2009)
  • Out There (Faber and Faber, 2012)


  1. ^ "Giorgio Bassani". Penguin UK. Penguin UK. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ "The Novel of Ferrara". W. W. Norton & Co. W. W. Norton & Co. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ Gunn, Dan (January 4, 2008). "All Not Lost". Times Literary Supplement. London. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ Naffis-Sahely, André (August 3, 2012). "The Slide into Barbarism". Times Literary Supplement. London. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  5. ^ Hutchinson, Ben (March 31, 2012). "The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles by Giorgio Bassani – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 

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