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John Fuller and the Sycamore Press, by Ryan RobertsEstablished in 1968, John Fuller's Sycamore Press published some of the most influential and critically acclaimed writers of the past half-century. In addition to publishing established authors, such as W.H. Auden, Philip Larkin, and Peter Porter, the press sought to promote young poets, many of whom have gone on to achieve great success.

The Sycamore Press ceased operations in 1992, but it remains an excellent example of the unique qualities associated with the small press movement in England. In addition to a full descriptive bibliography, the book includes an interview with John Fuller and numerous personal reflections by Sycamore Press authors about John Fuller, the press, and the works it produced.

Contributors include:

Julian Bell
Bernard Bergonzi
Alan Brownjohn
Ian Caws
Douglas Dunn
James Fenton
Alastair Fowler
Richard Gordon-Freeman
Thom Gunn (Letter)
David Harsent
Alan Hollinghurst
Glyn Hughes
Philip Larkin (Letter)

Edward Larrissy
David Lehman
Harold Massingham
Andrew McNeillie
Roger Mitchell
John Mole
Andrew Motion
Bernard O'Donoghue
Elise Paschen
Peter Porter (Letter)
Nancy K. Sandars
Michael Schmidt
Mark Wormald

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John Fuller was educated at New College, Oxford, and won the Newdigate Prize in 1960 for his poem 'A Dialogue between Caliban and Ariel'. Fuller became Fellow and tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1966. His published work includes the poetry collections Epistles to Several Persons (1973), which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1974, The Illusionists (1980), winner of the Southern Arts Literature Prize, Stones and Fires (1996), which won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year), and the collections Now and for a Time (2002) and Ghosts (2004). Fuller's novel Flying to Nowhere (1983) won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction. Other works of fiction include Look Twice (1991), The Worm and the Star (1993) and A Skin Diary (1997). His books written for children include The Last Bid (1975) and The Extraordinary Wool Mill and Other Stories (1980). Fuller is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Oxford.

Ryan Roberts is a college librarian by profession. He is co-editor with Vanessa Guignery of Conversations with Julian Barnes (2009) and editor of Conversations with Ian McEwan (2010). He serves as Editorial Assistant for Between the Lines, a publisher of book-length interviews of contemporary poets. He also maintains the official websites for authors Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, James Fenton, Hermione Lee, and Ian Hamilton.

 
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