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William Plomer

(1903—1973) poet and novelist


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(1903–73),

poet and novelist. Several of his works, including his first novel, the savagely satirical Turbott Wolfe (1926), are portraits of South African life. Plomer's experiences teaching in Japan are reflected in his poems, in Paper Houses (1929, stories), and Sado (a novel, 1931). He came to England in 1929 and settled in Bloomsbury, where he was befriended by L. and V. Woolf. His first volume of poetry, Notes for Poems (1927), was followed by several others, and his Collected Poems appeared in 1973. His poems are largely satirical and urbane; many of them, like the title piece of The Dorking Thigh (1945), are modern ballads with a macabre touch. His edition of Kilvert's Diary appeared in 3 vols, 1938–40. He wrote the librettos for several of Britten's operas.

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