This transcription of an interview John Wain gave to the Journal of the Short Story in English first appeared in that publication in 1984. It has since appeared online in English on this French-language website . The short story is, of course, sui generis; it is not an unsatisfactory form of the long story. It is […]

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John Wain’s lecture on the story of Edward Thomas and Helen Thomas Given in 1976 during his tenure of the Professorship of Poetry at Oxford and collected in Professing Poetry (1978) Read the lecture in full here as a pdf

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New editions with new cover artwork of The Contenders, Strike The Father Dead (UK Edition) and the Whitbread Fiction Prize-winning Young Shoulders, all from the Foruli Press. The covers have been commissioned by Foruli and are the work of Andy Vella, who designed many of the iconic album covers for the British pop band The Cure.  

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In 1943 John Wain went up to St John’s College, Oxford, where he spent three years reading English with C.S. Lewis as his tutor. Among his fellow students were John Heath-Stubbs, Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin and Kenneth Tynan. With the energy of youth, John Wain acted in Neville Coghill’s Shakespearean productions, wrote and published poetry and  took […]

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Extract from John Wain’s poem A Song About Major Eatherly Hear the poet reading the poem in full here Major Claude W. Eatherly was a pilot of a Reconnaissance plane for the flight of US aircraft that dropped the first  atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. It was reported that he was suffering psychological problems in later years – […]

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Since there is no biography, official or unofficial, authorised or not, of my father, I’ll just mention the main pieces of writing he produced about his own life. (There are plenty of places on the internet where you can go for further information : the Wikipedia entry, for example.) There is a link here to […]

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