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Hindsights: An Autobiography - John Heath-Stubbs

Hodder & Stoughton, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper, a small nick to the tail of the spine. Pages very gently age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “For the greater part of his life John Heath-Stubbs has endured failing eyesight, finally going blind in 1978. For almost fifty years he has also been one of Britain’s leading poets and a reviewer and critic of poetry of international reputation. In July 1993 he is seventy-five, and his memoirs form an irreverent, highly observant and often outspoken commentary of a half-century of literary endeavour.

John Heath-Stubbs was born in London, his defective eyesight being diagnosed by the time he was three. He went to school at Bembridge, whose old boys number the late Dingle Foot and Robin Day. After Oxford — as a contemporary of Michael Hamburger, Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin — he worked as a schoolmaster and a publisher’s assistant before settling into London’s Soho. Here he became part of a group of poets, artists and Bohemians, many of whom have become famous — Dylan Thomas, Nina Hamnett, and, briefly, Samuel Beckett. His first volume of verse, Wounded Thammuz, appeared in 1942, to be followed by a regular flow of further volumes, twenty books in all, culminating in the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1973.

In post-war London he contributed to Time and Tide under C. V. Wedgwood, and for The New English Review under Hugh Kingsmill. Through these contacts he was introduced to Graham Greene, Edwin Muir, Kathleen Raine and Edith Sitwell. He rediscovered his religious faith via Patrick McLaughlin and T. S. Eliot, discussed Pound with Montale and witnessed Roy Campbell’s famous assault on Stephen Spender. This book is a little about poetry, he explains, and a lot about poets.

His life, through the 50s (Paris, Leeds, the USA — and Henry Kissinger — Alexandria, and Nasser) on through the 60s, 70s and 80s till the present day, is equally a history of our literary times and an often hilarious account of disasters and unexpected triumphs. It is also the story of important friendships, the struggle to write good poems and the moving account of his increasing blindness. His seventy-fifth birthday is a literary event; the publication of his memoirs its celebration.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 308 pages.