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Review, The

New Verse, The Review, The New Review

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a magazine of poetry and criticism founded by Ian Hamilton in 1962. As editor, Hamilton sought to establish ‘a new lyricism, direct, personal, concentrated’; the sometimes acerbic tone of its reviewing recalled that of Geoffrey Grigson's New Verse, which like The Review was the leading poetry periodical of its decade. Contributors of criticism included Clive James, Peter Porter, and Alan Brownjohn. From the fifth issue onward Hamilton wrote a concluding article under the pseudonym ‘Edward Pygge’, humorously disparaging verse which failed to win his approval. David Harsent, John Fuller, Hugo Williams, and Douglas Dunn were among the poets regularly featured, their work tending to exemplify the scrupulous modes The Review favoured. Several leading American poets, notably John Berryman and Robert Lowell, had their reputations in Britain consolidated by the magazine's support for their verse; it also published much work by European poets. The Review having closed in 1972, Hamilton began The New Review as a monthly publication in 1974; although many of the poets and critics associated with the earlier journal continued to write for The New Review, its frame of reference broadened considerably with the regular inclusion of fiction, profiles of leading authors, reports from foreign correspondents, and attention to a range of socio-cultural topics. Martin Amis, David Lodge, Malcolm Bradbury, Saul Bellow, Jean Rhys, and Nadine Gordimer were among the contributors of fiction and essays; emerging poets whose work appeared included Craig Raine, Peter Reading, and Andrew Motion. From 1976 onward the magazine encountered financial difficulties and ceased appearing in 1978.

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