Edward Lucie-Smith

Edward Lucie-Smith

Edward Lucie-Smith

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John Edward McKenzie Lucie-Smith (born 27 February 1933) is a British writer, poet, art critic, curator, broadcaster and author of exhibition catalogues.


Lucie-Smith was born in Kingston, Jamaica, moving to the United Kingdom in 1946. He studied at The King's School, Canterbury, and after a little time in Paris he also studied at Merton College, Oxford.

After serving in the Royal Air Force and working as a copywriter, he became a full-time writer. He succeeded Philip Hobsbaum in organising The Group, a London-centred poets' group.

At the beginning of the 1980s he conducted several series of interviews, Conversations with Artists, for BBC Radio 3.


Poetry and fiction
  • The Fantasy Poets: Number Twenty Five (1954)
  • A Tropical Childhood and Other Poems (1961)
  • Confessions & Histories (1964)
  • Penguin Modern Poets 6 (1964) with Jack Clemo and George MacBeth
  • A Game of French and English (1965) poems
  • Jazz for the N.U.F. (1965)
  • Mystery in the Universe: Notes on An Interview with Allen Ginsberg (1965)
  • The Penguin Book of Elizabethan Verse (1965) editor
  • A Choice of Browning's Verse (1967)
  • Five Great Odes by Paul Claudel (1967) translator
  • Borrowed Emblems (1967)
  • Jonah: Selected Poems of Jean-Paul de Dadelsen (1967) translator
  • Silence (1967) poetry
  • The Penguin Book of Satirical Verse (1967) editor
  • The Little Press Movement in England and America (1968)
  • More Beasts for Guillaume Apollinaire (1968)
  • Snow Poem (1968)
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