By John Calder
Because of its immediacy and spontaneity, poetry inevitably reflects the author more than any autobiography can do. John Calder’s new poetry collection, Solo, avoids strict poetic forms in favour of a casual and natural expression of thought. Honest in its pessimism, the tone is often questioning, and some of the biggest issues, such as politics and war, are not shirked.
As with his memoirs, Pursuit, his critical writing and his sixty-year career as a publisher, John Calder has tried to give a full picture of the eight decades he has lived through, the ever-changing world and the realities of human existence.
Since 1949, John Calder has published eighteen Nobel Prize winners and around fifteen hundred books. He has put into print many of the major French and European writers, almost single-handedly introducing modern literature into the English language. His commitment to literary excellence has influenced two generations of authors, readers, booksellers and publishers. He is the author of several plays, a memoir and various non-fiction titles.