F.T. Prince (1912-2003) is known to many of our alumni as a Milton scholar and a founder of the University of Southampton’s English department, where he taught until his retirement in the 1970s.
Yet he is increasingly being recognised as one of the most distinctive poetic voices of the twentieth century. Poets from Geoffrey Hill to Susan Howe have praised his work, and his Collected Poems was chosen as a 2012 Book of the Year in The Guardian. Last year his archive at Hartley Library was unembargoed, making available letters by T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, and C.S. Lewis, as well as unpublished poems, drafts, and correspondence by Prince himself. Centennial celebrations included a one-day symposium on his work hosted by the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing, and the inaugural F.T. Prince Memorial Lecture, given by Sir Christopher Ricks.
In this afternoon workshop, Will May (English) will be introducing you to the wonder and richness of F.T. Prince’s poetry. You will have the chance to explore early drafts of Prince’s work, see letters by some of his most important correspondents, and explore the various literary and intellectual contexts for his work, which include Hasidism, African kingship, and the Chinese T’ang Dynasty.
This event is free to all Lifelong Learning members, but space is limited. Please email to book your place on this workshop.
14.00-17.00, 30 April 2014 Special CollectionsHartley Library Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF