Other literary forms
James Fenton is almost as well known as a journalist as he is as a poet. He began work in 1970 as a freelance writer, and in 1971, he joined the British weekly journal New Statesman. He went to Vietnam and Cambodia in 1973, and his account of the turmoil was published in poetry as The Memory of War and in prose as All the Wrong Places: Adrift in the Politics of Asia (1988). In 1983, he published You Were Marvelous, an account of his life as a journalist in Germany and as a theatrical critic in London. He continued to contribute to the press, discussing literary subjects and sometimes political matters. His collection of essays, The Snap Revolution, appeared in 1986, and The Strength of Poetry, his lectures while professor of poetry at Oxford University from 1995 to 1999, were published in 2001. From September, 2006, to May, 2008, he wrote a series of essays, “Things That Have Interested Me,” for The Guardian.