Coming this Summer: The Selected Poems of John Fowles
‘I have always found the writing of poetry, which I began before I attempted prose, an enormous relief from the constant play-acting of fiction. I never pick up a book of poems without thinking that it will have one advantage over most novels: I shall know the writer better at the end of it.’ John Fowles
John Fowles (1926–2005) is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and important English novelists of the second half of the twentieth century. Yet readers of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Magus and The Collector may be surprised to know that Fowles wrote poetry before he embarked on his groundbreaking fiction and continued as a poet throughout his life.
Selected Poems, to be published by Flambard in May, contains the best of Fowles’s poetry, revealing the remarkable depth and range of this neglected sphere of his talent. The majority of the poems have never before been published. The selection has been painstakingly edited by the poet and novelist Adam Thorpe who has been granted access to a large collection of material held by the Fowles Estate.
Flambard Press gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of Arts Council England, who have awarded us Grants for the Arts funding to make this project possible.