Poetry by a former Southampton professor is continuing to shape contemporary writing in Britain and the USA.
F.T. Prince was one of our first Professors in English, taking up his post in 1957. An important Milton scholar in his day, he is increasingly recognised as one of the most significant twentieth-century British poets. He was first published by T.S. Eliot in the 1930s, when his work drew plaudits from W.H. Auden and E.M. Forster; more recently, Geoffrey Hill and John Ashbery have acknowledged him as a major influence.
On 20 September 2012, the University will be honouring his centenary with a one-day symposium, bringing together poets and critics from the around the world to celebrate his work. The symposium will also see the opening of a major new archive of Prince's letters, journals and notebooks at Hartley Library.
The archive features correspondence by Auden, Forster, and Eliot as well as unpublished poems by Prince, and will make a major contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century British and American poetry. An exhibition from the Special Collections archive will be held at Hartley Library from 3 - 28 September 2012.
The symposium will be run by Peter Middleton and Will May from the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing (CMCW) in partnership with Peter Robinson from the University of Reading.