Craig Raine

Craig Raine was born in 1944 and educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He became editor of Quarto in 1979 and was subsequently Poetry Editor at Faber from 1981 to 1991. He is now a Fellow in English at New College, Oxford, and has been the editor of Areté, the arts tri-quarterly, since 1999. He is the author of six works of poetry, and his Collected Poems 1978-1999 were published in 2000. His verse drama, 1953 was directed by Patrick Marber at the Almeida Theatre in 1996. He has also produced two collections of literary essays and, most recently a novel, Heartbreak, published by Atlantic Books in 2010.



For more than 20 years, Craig Raine's essays have appeared in the best of Britain's thinking press, not least in these pages. This collection amounts to a critical survey of over a century of literature and art... What [Raine] brings to them all is a daunting frame of reference... It makes familiar figures seem fresh.
New Statesman

Inventive, frequently charming, but unapologetically opinionated... Raine's exuberant iconoclasm is always worth watching in full swing.Jeremy Noel-Tod
Daily Telegraph

[Raine] is still - and always will be - an incredibly stylish writer.
Financial Times

Raine's talent is by no means a neligible one

Craig Raine's novels are brilliant and that's the end of it.
Dazed and Confused

Treat yourself to a blast of poetry this summer. Anyone remotely interested in the art form should read Craig Raine's wonderful My Grandmother's Glass Eye: A Look at Poetry (Atlantic). Feisty, provocative, learned, passionate - it is a seminal, lasting work.William Boyd

Craig Raine still walks among us, a brilliant and passionate observer

Witty and wide ranging... giving bad readers (Tom Paulin and John Carey) a confident kicking along the way
New Statesman

Animus, erudition and not a hint of self-doubt.

A knack for making one look and think again, a fidelity to precise description in poetry and criticism that is impressive...
Times Literary Supplement

Vibrantly derrière-garde... a swipe at that sometimes lazy and often convenient anything-goes school of literary criticism.

Craig Raine's rude and definitive argument for precision in poetry and criticism.
Times Literary Supplement

An undeniably gripping book... invigorating, vivid and entertaining reading.