Encounter, 26 issues 1964-1966


Encounter, 26 issues 1964-1966

LASKY, Melvin J.; SPENDER, Stephen; KERMODE, Frank (eds.)

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A literary magazine founded by poet Stephen Spender in 1953. These issues are part of the golden period of the magazine under main editor Melvin J. Lasky, who remained in his post until the magazine folded in 1991. The run also precedes the abrupt resignation of Spender after he discovered in 1967 that the CIA had been funding his magazine under the auspices of the Cold War. A case of conspiracy theory coming true, here is a rare example of an excellent literary magazine under covert government control. Collectors of both British literature and Cold War memorabilia will appreciate this group of magazines. Essays and articles by some of the brightest literary minds in England and elsewhere, including Boris Pasternak, Anthony Burgess, Mordecai Richler, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Albert Camus, C. S. Lewis, Kingsley Amis, John Betjeman, Jorge Luis Borges, Julian Huxley, Arthur Koestler, Vladimir Nabokov, Robert Penn Warren, John Le Carré, many others. Topics include the sanctity of life, Hegel's apologists, Churchill as a military leader, Giacometti in the Louvre, myths about modernism, etc.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Rolls House Publishing Co. Ltd
  • Edition: Vol. XXIII No. 2 Aug. 1966 - Vol. XXVII No. 6 Dec. 1966 (3 missing)
  • Date Published: 1964-1966
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    26 issues of approx. 100 pages each. 25 cm. Issues\ Nos. 131-159 from August 1964 to December 1966, missing November '64 (no. 134), May '65 (no. 140), and June '66 (no. 153). Colourful wrappers with both b&w and some full colour illustrations throughout all issues. Some small tears, wear and coffee rings on covers. A few stains to first pages of Apr. 1965 Jan. 1966.

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