Christopher Logue Biography


(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Christopher Logue was born to a middle-class Roman Catholic couple living in the port city of Portsmouth, in southern England. Their only son, he was sent away to a private Catholic school in Bath run by the Christian Brothers, then briefly attended Portsmouth Grammar School. In 1943, when Logue was seventeen, he joined the army as a paratrooper. After an accident in which he lost sight in one eye, he was transferred to the Black Watch. In 1945, he was sent to Palestine. While there, he served a sixteen-month prison term for possession of classified documents. Up until this time, he had shown no interest in books or writing, but in prison, he began reading.

After release in 1948, he drifted back to London, then moved on to Paris in 1951, finding himself in the literary world of Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, and Alexander Tocchi, a Scottish novelist. To earn money, he wrote for the pornographic market under the pseudonym Count Palmiro Vicarion. Two novels and two volumes of poetry brought him his first earnings from publications. He also edited a new literary magazine, Merlin.

Returning to England in 1956, he found work as a scriptwriter and actor in the Royal Court Theatre of Kenneth Tynan and in British films under director Ken Russell. He also starting writing for Private Eye, then in its infancy as a satirical review of British cultural and political life. Satire was a main literary genre of the time, and Logue’s...

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