Coming into literary prominence in the 1930s as one of the Oxford Poets, a group which included W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender was among those who left the esoteric elitism of modernist poets like T.S. Eliot to engage directly and accessibly with the political and social issues of his day. His work includes twenty-three separate volumes of poetry, two plays, and countless essays and translations.

His work with visual artists was not prolific but was consistent over several decades. He translated poems by Constantinos Cavafy, which were illustrated with lithographs by Manfred Ibel and Alexander Tzonis, he produced two significant works about Henry Moore, and he had two successful collaborations with David Hockney

 

Books by Stephen Spender available from Boreas Fine Art:

[ Hockney, David ]  Spender, Stephen.  China Diary.  London: Thames and Hudson Ltd.  1982.

 

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