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Autógrafo de John Lehmann

Autógrafo de John Lehmann
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Autógrafo de John Lehmann.

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Rudolf John Frederick Lehmann (born Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, 2 June 1907; died London, 7 April 1987) was an English poet and man of letters, and one of the foremost literary editors of the twentieth century, founding the periodicals “New Writing” and “The London Magazine”.

The fourth child of journalist Rudolph Lehmann, and brother of Helen Lehmann, novelist Rosamond Lehmann and actress Beatrix Lehmann, he was educated at Eton and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge. He considered his time at both as "lost years".

After a spell as a journalist in Vienna, he returned to England to found the popular periodical “New Writing” (1936–1940) in book format, which proved a great influence on literature of the period and an outlet for writers such as Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden. Lehmann included many of these authors in his anthology “Poems for Spain” which he edited with Stephen Spender. With the onset of the Second World War and paper rationing, New Writing's future was uncertain and so Lehmann wrote “New Writing in Europe” for Pelican Books, one of the first critical summaries of the writers of the 1930s in which he championed the authors who had been the stars of New Writing - Auden and Spender - and also his close friend Tom Wintringham and Wintringham's ally, the emerging George Orwell. Wintringham reintroduced Lehmann to Allen Lane of Penguin Books, who secured paper for “The Penguin New Writing” a monthly book-magazine, this time in paperback. The first issue featured Orwell's essay “Shooting an Elephant”. Occasional hardback editions combined with the magazine “Daylight” appeared sporadically, but it was as “Penguin New Writing” that the magazine survived until 1950.

After joining Leonard and Virginia Woolf as managing director of “Hogarth Press” between 1938 and 1946 he established his own publishing company, “John Lehmann Limited”, with his novelist sister Rosamond Lehmann (who had a nine-year affair with one of Lehmann's contributing poets, “Cecil Day Lewis”). They published new works by authors such as Sartre and Stendhal, and discovered talents like Thom Gunn and Laurie Lee. He also published the first two books by the cookery writer Elizabeth David, “A Book of Mediterranean Food” and “French Country Cooking”.

In 1954 he founded “The London Magazine”, remaining as editor until 1961, following which he was a frequent lecturer and completed his three-volume autobiography, “Whispering Gallery” (1955), “I Am My Brother” (1960) and “The Ample Proposition” (1966). In “The Purely Pagan Sense” (1976) is an autobiographical record of his homosexual life in England and pre-war Germany, discreetly written in the form of a novel. He also wrote the biographies “Edith Sitwell” (1952), “Virginia Woolf and her World” (1975), “Thrown to the Woolfs” (1978) and “Rupert Brooke” (1980).

In 1974 Lehmann published a book of poems, “The Reader at Night”, hand-printed on hand-made paper and hand-bound in an edition of 250 signed copies (Toronto, Basilike, 1974). An essay by Paul Davies about the creation of this book is included in Professor A.T. Tolley's collection, “John Lehmann: a Tribute” (Ottawa, Carleton University Press, 1987), which also includes pieces by Roy Fuller, Thom Gunn, Charles Osborne, Christopher Levenson, Jeremy Reed, George Woodcock, and others.

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