For some time, John Fowles' widow Sarah
and his friend, the well-known English poet and novelist Adam
Thorpe, had wanted to bring out a book of his poems. Flambard Press was approached by Fowles' literary agent Anthony
Shiel about this project and agreed to take it on.
Most of Fowles' poems and verse translations have never been
published, although he himself
began with poetry, not fiction, and took writing poetry
seriously. His sole poetry publication, however, was the 1973 Ecco Press book "Poems," published in the US but
not the UK.
Flambard Press has now published "Selected Poems,"
edited and with an introduction by Adam Thorpe.
This selection of Fowles' poetic work
includes two major sequences dating from
the early part of his career, both drawing
on his time in Greece and his interest in Greek mythology.
The remaining poems, largely previously unpublished and roughly
in chronological order, are varied in content, form and
technique, and culminate in a sequence written in the hospital
towards the end of his life. Fowles was always interested
in verse translation and adaptation, and the book concludes with
a small sample of this aspect of his literary achievements.
soft cover book is 160 pages long and is available for purchase
A signed limited hardbound edition--one
of 100 copies printed--is available for sale on our
First Editions page in the "Signed Limited Editions" section.