Allott, Kenneth

Allott, Kenneth
   Welsh born Allott was educated in Newcastle, where he was known as "Speedy" because he spoke so quickly. He worked as a reviewer for the Morning Post and with Geoffrey Grigson on New Verse. He was regarded by many as one of the most promising poets of the day; Francis Scarfe devoted a whole chapter to him in Auden and After. Allott became general editor of the Pelican Book of English Prose (1956) and of the Oxford History of English Literature, and was a leading authority on Victorian literature and edited many poetic selections. Some of his poems: "Aunt Sally Speaks," "Cheshire Cat," "Departure Platform," "Lament for a Cricket Eleven," "Offering," "Prize for Good Conduct," "The Statue."
   Sources: Oldpoetry ( The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. Columbia University Press, 2005 ( Biography of Kenneth Allott; Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia

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