Redgrove, Peter William

(1932-2003)
   Born Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, the son of an advertising copywriter, he was educated at Taunton School, Somerset, and at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied natural sciences, though he did not graduate. He worked as scientific journalist and copywriter. He was a founding member of "the Group." He had three periods of teaching at universities in America, then between 1962 and 1965 he was Gregory Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University, and from 1966 to 1983 he was lecturer in liberal studies at Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1996 and an honorary doctorate of letters from Sheffield University. Redgrove published around 50 collections of verse, 27 plays, seven novels and a set of short stories. He married Penelope Shuttle (see entry) in 1980. Some of his more recent poetry publications: The Moon Disposes: Poems 1954-1987, 1987. Poems 1954-1987, 1989. Under the Reservoir, 1992. Assembling a Ghost, 1996. From the Virgil Caverns, 2002. Some of his poems: "Against Death," "Bedtime Story for My Son," "Required of You This Night," "The Apprentice at the Feast," "The Secretary."
   Sources: Biography of Peter William Redgrove (http://www.tauntonschool.co.uk/alumni/obituaries/files/Redgrovep.html). New Poets of England and America. Donald Hall and Robert Pack, eds. World, 1962. Obituary of Peter Redgrove. Telegraph News (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/06/18/db1802.xml). Obituary of Peter Redgrove: Queens' College Record 2004 (http://www.quns.cam.ac.uk/Queens/Record/2004/Old%20Members/Obituaries.html). P.E.N. New Poetry I. Robert Nye, ed. Quartet Books, 1986. Philip Hobsbaum, 1932Collection of Correspondence and Manuscripts of the Group, ca. 1955-1968 (http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/fa/hobsbaum.html). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk). The New Modern Poetry: British and American Poetry since World War II. M.L. Rosenthal, ed. Macmillan, 1967. The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse. Philip Larkin, ed. Oxford University Press, 1973. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia).

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