Robert Nye

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Robert Nye FRSL (born 1939) is an English poet who has also written novels and plays as well as stories for children. His bestselling novel Falstaff published in 1976 was described by Michael Ratcliffe (writing in the Times) as 'one of the most ambitious and seductive novels of the decade,' and went on to win both The Hawthornden Prize and Guardian Prize for fiction. The novel was also included in Anthony Burgess's '99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939' (1984).


Robert Nye was born in London in 1939."Nye, Robert (1939-), in Ray, Mohit K (ed.) (2007) The Atlantic Companion To Literature In English, Atlantic, New Delhi, ISBN 978-8126908325, p. 402 His father was a civil servant, his mother a farmer's daughter. He attended Southend High School for Boys and had published his first poem 'Kingfisher' in the London Magazine (September 1955; Volume 2, Number 9) by the age of sixteen. He left school in 1955 and did not pursue additional formal study. Nye's poetry has appeared in a number of important literary magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, Encounter and The Listener. The 1964 Fall and Winter issues of the Canadian publication The Fiddlehead contained respectively fifteen and eighteen of his poems.

He was a conscientious objector during National Service in the late 1950s, and was given exemption from military service conditional upon joining the Friends' Ambulance Unit and...
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