Phil Coram
Hugo Manning
A Bibliography

1999. 177 pp. ISBN-13 978-3-901993-03-9; ISBN-10 3-901993-03-7;
£18.00 (+ 2.00 p&p), €22.00 (+ 2.50 p&p), US$ 31.00 (+ 3.00 p&p)
 

Since his death in 1977 Hugo Manning's books have gone out of print. But with the publication in 1997 of a new Selected Poetry and Ivan Savidge's biography Hugo Manning, Poet and Humanist (both from Open Gate Press) it is hoped there will be a revival of interest in his work. Phil Coram's comprehensive and carefully researched bibliography - a true labour of love - should help to achieve this.

Alan Clodd


Excerpts from the Preface to Hugo Manning. A Bibliography

The writing of Hugo Manning will not be well known to everyone as in the main, he was published by small presses. Even allowing for Hugo Manning's relative obscurity, I felt that his work shouts loud enough and with a consistently high quality for more notice to come to it. This really is the prime reason for my undertaking the task of compiling a bibliography of his work. To lay the groundwork, as it were, for others more able and better qualified to comment in detail upon his poetic output.

For each book I have attempted to give all of the relevant information needed in as much detail as was possible. This proved quite difficult especially in the case of his early Argentinian publications. In the interest of accuracy, I have endeavoured to get hold of original copies wherever possible and to include only items that I have actually seen. With regard to the periodical and newspaper contributions, I have collected as much as possible whilst at the same time endeavouring not to 'clutter' the bibliography with workaday journalese [hence no Reuters mentions]. In some instances the work has been published in other languages, notably Spanish and Swedish. Whether I have covered all of this ground remains to be seen as a complete bibliography is a rare bird indeed!

As far as is known, there have been no previous attempts at compiling a bibliography of Hugo Manning's work but of course, for students, researchers etc, the more information the better. Hopefully, this book will be found to be of use to those who wish to read Hugo Manning further. It was for these reasons that it was compiled.

Phil Coram


A Brief Biography of Hugo Manning (1913-1977)

1913: Born Lazarus Perkoff on July 15th of Polish/Jewish parents. His father was a tailor's machinist at this time. Hugo spent the larger part of his childhood in the East End of London.

1926: Left school to take up a scholarship which he had won to the Trinity College of Music, London. There he studied violin, viola and theory between 1926-32.

1930: Took up work as a free-lance reporter contributing articles to the Sunday Referee, Sight and Sound etc, to help supplement the family income whilst continuing his musical studies.

1937: Left London for Vienna as a foreign correspondent and free-lance journalist for such publications as The Jewish Chronicle, Reynolds News, World Film News and Sight and Sound.

1938: Went to Argentina and worked as music critic for the English newspaper, Buenos Aires Herald. He made the acquaintance of some of the leading Argentinean literary lights Victoria Ocampo, Patricio Gannon and Jorge Luis Borges (who thereafter became his lifelong friend).

1942: This proved to be a very fertile period of his writing life and he made a considerable reputation as a writer and critic whilst in Argentina. Hugo's only known play, Disturbios en Fancilmania was performed in this year (scenery designed by Bernardo Lasansky). He also directed a little.

1943: As 1942 was ending he returned to England via New York to volunteer for the Services, and joined the Intelligence Corps. He was injured in the leg whilst in North Africa, which left him partially lame for the rest of his life.

1946: He became a Senior Sub-Editor and Features Writer of Reuters. It was during this year that he came to live in Hampstead.

1948: Became Poetry Editor of The New Statesman.

1965: He moved to Belsize Square, his last address in Hampstead.

1968: He retired early from Reuters in order to devote more time to his poetry and writing.

From 1968 onwards until 1977 Hugo produced a vast quantity of poetry all of which had the unmistakable stamp of his own voice.

1977: Hugo Manning died on Thursday, September 22nd.


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