Parker, Derek, 1932-

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British author, editor, journalist, and critic.

From the description of Collection, 1955-1970. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122385674

Derek Parker, critic, interviewer, author, and editor, was born in Looe, Cornwall, England, in 1932. He attended schools in England until the age of seventeen. Parker describes himself as primarily a journalistic hack with perhaps a flair for interpreting the poetry of others; an occasional poet, an editor with widely catholic tastes.

Parker is a prolific writer and has been published in many forms, including verse, essays, and monographs, but he is perhaps best known for his work with the British Broadcasting Corporation and for his career as an editor. He has edited anthologies of poetry, letters, and journals, including Poetry Review (1966-1970) and The Author (1986-).

The Poetry Review is the official journal of the Poetry Society which was founded in 1909 to promote poetry, and publishes poetry, critical essays on poetry and poetics, and reviews. Derek Parker assumed editorship in 1966, and under his guidance, the journal published work by poets such as W. H. Auden, Robert Graves, John Heath-Stubbs, and Hugh MacDiarmid. Members of the Poetry Society who were active during Parker's editorship include: Presidents Neville Coghill and William Plomer; Vice Presidents Robert Armstrong, Sir John Betjeman, Sir Francis Meynell, and Margaret Rawlings; and Chairmen Geoffrey Handly-Taylor and Norman Hidden.

During his tenure as editor of the Poetry Review, Parker was involved in several other literary activities, including his editorship with John Lehmann of Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell (1970), his contributions to Contemporary Poets of the English Language and Liberté, and his British Broadcasting Corporation interview programs.

Since leaving the Poetry Review, Parker has been active in other literary ventures, often collaborating with his wife, Julia Louise Parker.

Throughout his career, Parker has been involved in many literary and artistic societies. He has been a member of the Radiowriter's Association, has served on the council of the Society of Authors, on the grand council of the Royal Academy of Dancing, and as registrar of the Royal Literary Fund.

From the guide to the Derek Parker Collection TXRC96-A45., 1955-1970, (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin)

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associatedWith Abbott, Eric S. person
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associatedWith Betjman, John, Sir, 1906- person
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associatedWith Church, Richard. person
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associatedWith Clark, Leonard. person
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associatedWith Dobrée, Bonamy, 1891-1974. person
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associatedWith Eliot, Valerie. person
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associatedWith Garnett, Richard. person
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associatedWith Greene, Graham, 1904-1991. person
associatedWith Guinness, Alec, 1914- person
associatedWith Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000. person
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associatedWith Gunn, Thom. person
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associatedWith Hughes, Ted, 1930- person
associatedWith Isherwood, Christopher, 1904- person
associatedWith Isherwood, Christopher, 1926- person
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associatedWith Lindsay, Jack, 1900-1990. person
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associatedWith Macbeth, George. person
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associatedWith MacInnes, Colin. person
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associatedWith Nance, R. Morton (Robert Morton) person
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associatedWith Nijinsky, Romola de Pulszky. person
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associatedWith Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989. person
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associatedWith Purdy, James. person
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associatedWith Raine, Kathleen, 1908- person
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associatedWith Rawlings, Margaret. person
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associatedWith Roche, Paul, 1927 person
associatedWith Rowse, A. L. (Alfred Leslie) person
associatedWith Rowse, A. L. (Alfred Leslie), 1903-1997. person
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associatedWith Singleton, Geoffrey. person
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associatedWith Sitwell, Francis. person
associatedWith Sitwell, Georgia person
associatedWith Sitwell, Georgia. person
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associatedWith Sitwell, Sacheverell. person
associatedWith Smith, Stevie, 1902-1971 person
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associatedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. person
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associatedWith Stanford, Derek. person
associatedWith Taylor, A. J. P. (Alan John Percival), 1906- person
associatedWith Taylor, A. J. P. (Alan John Percivale), 1906-1990. person
associatedWith Thomas, D. M. person
associatedWith Thomas, D. M. person
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associatedWith Wellington, Gerald Wellesley, 7th Duke of, 1885-1972 person
associatedWith Whicker, Lawrence R. person
associatedWith Whyte, Lancelot Law, 1896- person
associatedWith Wilson, Colin, 1931- person
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Poets, English
Poetry--Editing
Poetry--History and criticism
Poetry, English
Poetry Review (London, England: 1912)
Poetry--Periodicals
Poetry, Modern--20th century
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Birth 1932-05-27

Death 2004

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