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James Fenton

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James Fenton was born in Lincoln in 1949.  He was educated at the Durham Choristers' School, Repton and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry. He has worked as a political and literary journalist on the New Statesman; was a freelance reporter in Indo-China; spent a year in Germany working for The Guardian; was theatre critic for the Sunday Times for five years; chief book reviewer for The Times from 1984 to 1986; South East Asian correspondent for the Independent from 1986 to 1988 and a columnist for them until 1995.  He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.  James Fenton was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1994 to 1999.  He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1983 and was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2007.

He is currently writing a collection of unusual biographies called PRIVATE LIVES, and a book about pirates for Notting Hill Press. His Collected Poems YELLOW TULIPS were published by Faber & Faber in June 2012.

Praise for YELLOW TULIPS (2012):

'The 17 recent poems that make up the last section of “Yellow Tulips” show the development of a compelling poetic voice. Most important, they suggest tht there is more to come.' The Economist

http://www.jamesfenton.com/
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LEONARDO'S NEPHEW
2008
Penguin
Essays on art and artists
SCHOOL OF GENIUS
2006
Royal Academy
A history of the Royal Academy of Arts
THE LOVE BOMB AND OTHER MUSICAL PIECES
2003
Penguin
Three libretti including Haroun and The Sea of Stories & The Fall of Jerusalem
A GARDEN FROM A HUNDRED PACKETS OF SEEDS
2001
Viking
A collection of articles
Poetry
Publication DetailsNotes
YELLOW TULIPS
2012
Faber & Faber
A gathering from four decades of poems by James Fenton
SELECTED POEMS - D.H. LAWRENCE
2008
PENGUIN
James Fenton`s personal selection of D.H. Lawrence poems
FABER BOOK OF LOVE POETRY
2008
Faber & Faber
Selected and introduced by James Fenton
SELECTED POEMS OF JAMES FENTON
2006
Penguin
This is the first full selection of James Fenton`s poems to be published, and represents the whole range of his work from light verse to political and love poems to opera libretti.
AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH POETRY
2002
PENGUIN
"English poetry begins whenever we decide to say the modern English language begins, and it extends as far as we decide to say that the English language extends."
THE STRENGTH OF POETRY
2001
Oxford University Press
The Oxford lectures on poetry 1994-1999
OUT OF DANGER
1993
Penguin
Winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry
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James Fenton was born in Lincoln in 1949.  He was educated at the Durham Choristers' School, Repton and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry. He has worked as a political and literary journalist on the New Statesman; was a freelance reporter in Indo-China; spent a year in Germany working for The Guardian; was theatre critic for The Sunday Times for five years; chief book reviewer for The Times from 1984 to 1986; South East Asian correspondent for The Independent from 1986 to 1988 and a columnist for them until 1995.  He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.  James Fenton was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1994 to 1999.  He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1983 and was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2007.

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THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO
(2014)
La Jolla PlayhouseDir: Carey Perloff
Television
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TSUNAMI SONG CYCLE
(2009)
BBCComposer: Dominic Muldowney
Theatre
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THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO
(2014)
American Conservatory TheaterDir. Carey Perloff
THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO
(2012)
Royal Shakespeare CompanyAdaptation of Chinese play. Dir. Gregory Doran.
PICTURES FROM AN EXHIBITION
(2009)
Young VicDir. Daniel Kramer
TAMAR'S REVENGE
(2004)
Royal Shakespeare CompanyTranslation of Tirso de Molina's Spanish Golden Age play. Dir. Simon Usher
Opera
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RIGOLETTO
(2006)
English National OperaRevival
HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES
(2004)
New York City OperaComposer Charles Wuorinen; Dir. Mark Lamos
RIGOLETTO
(1992)
English National OperaDir. Jonathan Miller
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