Anthony Thwaite

Anthony Thwaite

Anthony Simon Thwaite, OBE, (born 1930 in Chester) is an English poet and writer. He is married to the writer Ann Thwaite. He was awarded the OBE in 1992, for services to poetry. He was mainly brought up in Yorkshire and currently lives in Norfolk.

During World War II he stayed with relations in the United States. He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath (1944-49) and subsequently read English at Christ Church, Oxford.

He taught at Tokyo University from 1955 and 1957, and for a year in 1985. He has worked for BBC Radio, the "New Statesman" as literary editor, and from 1973 to 1985 as editor of "Encounter" with Melvin J. Lasky. He is one of the literary executors of Philip Larkin, and the major editor of Larkin's work.


*"Anthony Thwaite" (Fantasy Press 1953). Fantasy Poets 17
*"Oxford Poetry 1954" (1954) editor with Jonathan Price
*"Poems" (1957) Privately Printed in Tokyo
*"Essays on Contemporary English Poetry" (1957)
*"Home Truths" (1957) poems
*"Contemporary English Poetry - An Introduction" (1961)
*"New Poems 1961: A P.E.N Anthology of Contemporary Poetry" (1961) editor with Hilary Corke and William Plomer
*"The Owl in the Tree" (1963) poems
*"Japan in Color" (1967)
*"The Stones of Emptiness : Poems 1963-66".(1967)
*"Deserts of Hesperides: an Experience in Libya" (1969)
*"At Dunkeswell Abbey" (1970) broadside poem
*"Penguin Modern Poets 18" (1970) with A. Alvarez and Roy Fuller
*"Points" (1972)
*"Inscriptions, Poems 1967–72" (1973)
*"Jack" (1973) poem
*"Poetry Today 1960-1973" (1973)
*"Roloff Beny In Italy" (1974) with Peter Porter, Gore Vidal
*"New Confessions" (1974) poems
*"The English Poets - From Chaucer to Edward Thomas" (1974) with Peter Porter
*"Beyond the Inhabited World: Roman Britain" (1977)
*"A Portion for Foxes" (1977) poems
*"Twelve Poems" (1978)
*"Twentieth Century English Poetry : An Introduction" (1978)
*"New Poetry 4" (1978) Arts Council anthology, editor with Fleur Adcock
*"Victorian Voices" (1980) poems
*"Odyssey : Mirror of the Mediterranean" (1981)
*"Larkin at Sixty" (1982) editor
*"The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse" (1983) editor with Geoffrey Bownas
*"Telling Tales" (1983)
*"Poems 1953 –1983" (1984)
*"Six Centuries of Verse" (1984) editor
*"Poetry Today : A Critical Guide to British Poetry 1960-1984" (1985)
*"Letter from Tokyo" (1987)
*"Fourteen Poems Collected Poems of Philip Larkin" (1989) editor
*"Selected Letters of Philip Larkin" (1992) editor
*"Poetry Today: A critical guide to British poetry 1960-1995" (1996)
*"R. S. Thomas - Everyman's Poetry" (1996) editor
*"Selected Poems 1956-1996" (1997)
*"Longfellow" (1997) editor
*"Anthony Thwaite in Conversation" (1999) with Peter Dale and Ian Hamilton
*"Paeans for Peter Porter" (1999) editor
*"High Windows by Philip Larkin" (2000) editor
*"A Different Country" (Enitharmon Press 2000) poems
*"George MacBeth – Selected Poems" (2002) editor
*"Further Requirements: Interviews, Broadcasts, Statements and Book Reviews, 1952-85, by Philip Larkin" (2002) editor
*"A Move in the Weather: Poems 1994-2002" (Enitharmon Press, 2003)


*Hans Osterwalder (1991) "British Poetry Between the Movement and Modernism: Anthony Thwaite and Philip Larkin"

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