Elizabeth Jennings

(20 July 1926 – 25 October 2001 / Boston, Lincolnshire, England)

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Elizabeth Joan Jennings was an English poet.

Life and Career

Elizabeth was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England in July 18, 1926. Her father was a respected Chief Medical Officer who moved the family to Oxford when she was six years old. She later discovered poetry while attending the Oxford high school.

After attending St Anne's College, Oxford, Elizabeth became a librarian at Oxford city library. Having more time to focus on her writing she published her first collection of poetry (1953) which drew the attention of Robert Conquest. Mr. Conquest would later publish her work with the likes of famous authors Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, Thom Gunn and others ... more »

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  • ''For me, poetry is always a search for order.''
    Elizabeth Jennings (b. 1926), British poet. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980).
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