poet, broadcaster, and critic, born in London, and educated at Oundle and Corpus Christi, Oxford. His works include The Shaping Spirit (1958), a critical study of modern poetry, and The Savage God: A Study of Suicide (1971), which opens with an account of the death of Plath, whom he knew, and whose work he published when he was poetry editor of the Observer. He edited an influential anthology of verse, The New Poetry (1962, with work by Ted Hughes, Gunn, Larkin, and others), and has also written on subjects as diverse as poker‐ playing (The Biggest Game in Town, 1983), mountain climbing, and oil rigs. Among recent works are Where Did It All Go Right? (2000, autobiography), New and Selected Poems (2002), and The Writer's Voice (2005, a critical work).