The Saint Botolph's Review No. 2.The Saint Botolph's Review No.2
David Andrews (born March 15, 1936) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician and barrister. Early life Ross and Daniel Weissbort, editors
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'Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes': these linked names, like 'Cathy and Heathcliff' now resonate res·o·nate
v. res·o·nat·ed, res·o·nat·ing, res·o·nates
1. To exhibit or produce resonance or resonant effects.
2. with a whole romantic, tragic story, but this story began just fifty years ago when a new literary magazine, the Saint Botolph's Review, was launched.
In 1956, like all those involved with the Review, Sylvia and Ted were young, unknown Cambridge undergraduates. Sylvia, at 24, was an American Fulbright Scholar who had been up at Cambridge for just a few months. Ted, at 26, was (as he wrote in Birthday Letters Birthday Letters, published in 1998 (ISBN 0-374-52581-1), is a collection of poetry by English poet and children's writer Ted Hughes. Released only months before Hughes' death, the collection won multiple prestigious literary awards. ) "sitting youth away" in a temporary office job in London and "received / Into Alma Mater" at weekends to be with his friends.
Ted and his friends shared a love of poetry and song. They met regularly at a local Cambridge pub to talk, drink and sing old folk-songs. They also sometimes met in the garden of the Saint Botolph's rectory RECTORY, Eng. law. Corporeal real property, consisting of a church, glebe lands and tithes. 1 Chit. Pr. 163. , where one of them, Lucas Myers, had lodgings in a converted chicken shed. Their decision to create and publish a new magazine was a youthful, but serious, challenge to the accepted literary fashions of the time, and on February 25th, 1956, at a memorable party, Saint Botolph's Review was launched and Ted and Sylvia met for the first time.
Both Sylvia and Ted wrote (not entirely accurately) about this party and so it has become the stuff of legend. But the Review languished, those who wrote it, produced it and launched it went on with their lives, and only a few copies survived for scholars and collectors eventually to haggle over.
Now, fifty years later, the Saint Botolph's Review No.2 has appeared. It was always intended that the Review would be "published occasionally", but this second occasion has been so long in coming that David Andrews Ross, who remains the editor, writes that "many of the people who attended the enormous party to launch the first issue ... must now be dead". He mentions Joe Lyde, whose band (with Joe on trumpet) provided the music; Ted whose poetry was included in the first Review; and Sylvia, who danced with Lucas Myers (another early contributor, but still very much alive) and who, in a romantic encounter with Ted that night, lost her hairband hairband hair n (elasticated) → bandeau m (= plastic); serre-tête m and bit Ted so hard on the cheek that he wore the "ring-moat of tooth-marks" for the next month.
Daniel Weissbort, who was dragged, groggy grog·gy
adj. grog·gi·er, grog·gi·est
Unsteady and dazed; shaky.
grog with a bad cold, to play the piano in Joe's band at that memorable party, has worked with David Ross David Ross refers to:
Inevitably Sylvia and Ted are remembered: especially in an essay by Lucas Myers, who was a lifelong friend of Ted's-"one / Among those three of four who stay unchanged / Like a separate self" (as Ted wrote in 'Visit' in Birthday Letters). Myers records his own memories of the couple and he writes of Sylvia's "varied voices" in her letters and journals and of the distorted view these sometimes gave people of Ted's character.
Ted's own previously unpublished introduction to poems by Susan Alliston attests his essential generosity of spirit. Sue was a neighbour of his at 18 Rugby Street in London and she is memorialized in the Birthday Letters poem of that title. She is the woman in the poem who, three years after Sylvia's death, was pacing the floor, "dying of leukemia leukemia (lkē`mēə), cancerous disorder of the blood-forming tissues (bone marrow, lymphatics, liver, spleen) characterized by excessive production of immature or mature " (actually, of Hodgkin's disease Hodgkin's disease, a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. First identified in 1832 in England by Thomas Hodgkin, it is a type of malignant lymphoma. Incidence peaks in young adults and the elderly. ). Daniel Weissbort and Olwyn Hughes found Sue's poems in her flat after her death and when Daniel suggested publishing them Ted wrote this introduction. Shortly after this, Daniel and David Ross set up the Viper Press "planning to publish a few books" but the project never went ahead. Only now, "a few decades later", have they revived the Viper Press because, as David Ross says, they want to celebrate "pieces of good writing, poetry and prose, which we think worth reading".
In 1956, the contents list of the first issue of Saint Botolph's Review read as follows:
E. Lucas Myers
An Impression in Hospital, Than Minton
Aunt Palestine's Girl, E. Lucas Myers
Letter from a Painter, George Weissbort
Now, in 2006, the contents of Saint Botolph's Review No.2 are:
Lucas Myers: The Voices of Sylvia Plath Noun 1. Sylvia Plath - United States writer and poet (1932-1963)
Plath and Ted Hughes Ted Hughes: Susan Alliston: An Introduction Susan Alliston: Poems
David Ross: The People Plague Daniel Huws: Poems Nathaniel Minton: Possibilities for the resolution of Tribal Warfare Les Murray Les Murray may refer to:
Peters was born in Bathurst, (now Banjul), and moved to Sierra Leone in 1949, where he was educated at the Prince of Wales School, Freetown, gaining his Higher School Certificate in science : A United Africa? Ann Skea: Poems Posy Simmonds: Drawing Biographical Notes
Only 200 copies of Saint Botolph's Review No.2 have been printed. A third edition may be available in 2056--or perhaps a little earlier.