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Encyclopedia > Roy Fuller

Roy Broadbent Fuller (11 February 191227 September 1991) was an English writer, known mostly as a poet. He was born in Failsworth, Lancashire, and brought up in Blackpool. He worked as a lawyer (solicitor) for a building society, serving in the Royal Navy 1941-1946.

Poems (1939) was his first book of poetry. He began to write fiction also in the 1950s. As a poet he became identified, on stylistic grounds, with The Movement. He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University 1968-1973. The poet John Fuller is his son.


  • Poems (1939)
  • The Middle of a War (1942)
  • A Lost Season (1944),
  • Savage gold (1946)
  • Epitaphs and Occasions (1949)
  • Counterparts (1954)
  • Brutus’s Orchard (1957)
  • New poems (1968)
  • Off course: Poems (1969)
  • The carnal island (1970)
  • Seen grandpa lately? (1972)
  • Song cycle from a record sleeve (1972)
  • Tiny tears (1973)
  • Owls and artificers: Oxford lectures on poetry (1974)
  • Professors and Gods: Last Oxford Lectures on Poetry (1975)
  • From the joke shop (1975)
  • The joke shop annexe (1975)
  • An ill-governed coast: Poems (1976)
  • Poor Roy (1977)
  • The reign of sparrows (1980)
  • Souvenirs (1980)
  • Fellow mortals: An anthology of animal verse (1981)
  • More about Tompkins, and other light verse (1981)
  • House and shop (1982)
  • The individual and his times: A selection of the poetry of Roy Fuller (1982) with V. J. Lee
  • Vamp till ready: Further memoirs (1982)
  • Upright downfall (1983) with Barbara Giles and Adrian Rumble,
  • As from the thirties (1983)
  • Home and dry: Memoirs III (1984)
  • Mianserin sonnets (1984)
  • Subsequent to summer (1985)
  • Twelfth night: A personal view (1985)
  • New and collected poems, 1934-84 (1985)
  • Outside the canon (1986)
  • Murder in mind (1986)
  • The second curtain (1986)
  • Image of a society (1987)
  • Lessons of the summer (1987)
  • The ruined boys (1987)
  • Consolations (1987)
  • Available for dreams (1989)
  • Stares (1990)
  • Spanner and pen: Post-war memoirs (1991)

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Roy Fuller Criticism (1784 words)
Roy Fuller, poet as well as novelist, has in a sense pooled his resources in [The Carnal Island] in order to probe the range of questions thrown up by an encounter between an old poet and a young one, and the result is a very perceptive, often amusing, and at times sad and touching, novel.
Most of Fuller's verse has, in one way or another, been about the role of the poet in a society that is hostile or indifferent to him; how absurd and tragic the discrepancy between the poet's art-life and his real life, between his grand therapeutic dreams and his actual social and political impotence.
Fuller is a wit and an ironist, he respects his characters; he knows (and irrefutably demonstrates) that a boy of fourteen or fifteen is at least as complex and as worthy of concentrated attention as any adult.
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