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Definition: Grigson, Geoffrey Edward Harvey from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English poet and critic. Early volumes of verse include Under the Cliff 1943 and The Isles of Scilly 1946. He founded and edited the magazine New Verse 1933–39, and compiled several anthologies. He also published studies of Wyndham Lewis 1951 and Gerard Manley Hopkins 1955. His Collected Poems were published 1963.

He was born in Pelynt, Cornwall, educated at Oxford, and became a journalist. His later volumes of poetry include Discoveries of Bones and Stones 1971 and Angles and Circles 1974.


Summary Article: Grigson, Geoffrey [Edward Harvey] from Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature

Poet, anthologist, editor, and controversialist, Geoffrey attacked reputations he considered inflated, including that of Edith SITWELL, who was deeply wounded, and promoted writers previously underrated, notably John CLARE and William BARNES. Educated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, he became a journalist. Geoffrey founded and edited the influential modernist periodical New Verse (1933–39). Much of his work celebrates his native Cornwall. His first collection of poems, Several Observations (1939), was followed by many others, including Under the Cliff (1943), The Isles of Scilly (1946), A Skull in Salop (1967), Ingestion of Ice-Cream (1969), Discoveries of Bones and Stones (1971), Angles and Circles (1974), History of Him (1980), Montaigne’s Tower, and Persephone’s Flowers (1986). Geoffrey’s autobiography, The Crest on the Silver, appeared in 1950, and editions of his Collected Poems were published in 1963 and 1982. Geoffrey also wrote many books on nature, literature, and art.

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