Roy Fuller Analysis

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(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Roy Fuller was a competent novelist and may well be considered a poet-novelist, much like Thomas Hardy. His principal novels are The Second Curtain (1953), The Perfect Fool (1963), My Child, My Sister (1965), and The Carnal Island (1970). He wrote several children’s novels, including Savage Gold: A Story of Adventure (1946) and With My Little Eye: A Mystery Story for Teenagers (1948). He also edited Byron for To-day (1948) and Fellow Mortals (1981), an anthology of animal verse. His autobiography was issued in a number of volumes: Souvenirs (1980), Vamp Till Ready: Further Memoirs (1982), and Home and Dry: Memoirs III (1984), reissued in complete form as The Strange and the Good: Collected Memoirs (1989).


(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Roy Fuller was honored for his literary accomplishments, becoming a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Companion of the Order of the British Empire in 1970. In that year, he won the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Two years previously, he had won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize for his New Poems, and in 1980, he received the Society of Authors Cholmondeley Award. In 1990, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of Kent at Canterbury.


(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Austin, Allan E. Roy Fuller. Boston: Twayne, 1979. This compact volume contains chapters on early, middle, and late poetry up to From the Joke Shop. An excellent, comprehensive volume.

Hamilton, Ian. Against Oblivion: Some Lives of the Twentieth-Century Poets. London: Viking, 2002. Contains a chapter on Roy Fuller, describing his life and poetry.

Orr, Peter, ed. The Poet Speaks. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966. Fuller proves forthright in talking both about himself and his work.

Powell, Neil. Roy Fuller: Writer and Society. Manchester, England: Carcanet Press, 1995. A full biographical account of Fuller’s life and writings with a lengthy bibliography.

Smith, Steven E. Roy Fuller: A Bibliography. Aldershot, England: Scholar Press, 1996. A good bibliography with a full index.

Tolley, A. T., ed. Roy Fuller: A Tribute. Ottawa, Ont.: Carleton University Press, 1993. A far-ranging collection of biographical pieces celebrating Fuller’s life and assessing his contribution to modern literature.