Despite the brevity of its run and the diminutive size of its audience, The English Intelligencer is a key publication in the history of literary modernism in the British Isles. Emerging in the mid-1960s from a dissatisfaction with the prevailing norms of `Betjeman's England', the young writers associated with it were catalysed by the example of Donald Allen's The New American Poetry as they sought to establish a revitalised modernist poetics.
Late Modernism and The English Intelligencer gives the first full account of the extraordinary history of this publication, bringing to light extensive new archival material to establish an authoritative contextualisation of its operation and its relationship with post-war British poetry. This material provides compelling new insights into the work of the Intelligencer poets themselves and, more broadly, the continued presence of an international poetic modernism as a vital force in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.
Alex Latter completed his PhD at the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.
1. `Some Sort of Breakthrough in this Dismal Land': Publishing, Community and Exchange in The English Intelligencer 2. `An Essential Structural Unity': Modernist Ideals in The English Intelligencer 3. Beyond the Whole: The Breakdown of Late Modernism in The English Intelligencer 4. From Condensare to Aporia: Modernism, Visual Arts and The English Intelligencer 5. `Beginning Nowhere': The English Intelligencer and the Modernist Long Poem 6. `Being Worked Out': Social Damage in the 1970s Poetry of Barry MacSweeney Conclusion: `The Proper Microscope After All': Reading The English Intelligencer Appendix: A Complete Contents Listing of The English Intelligencer