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This report is taken from PN Review 213, Volume 40 Number 1, September - October 2013.

Lotte Zurndorfer: A Forgotten Poet A.T. Tolley
I remember Lotte Zurndorfer in the Oxford of 1950 - a rather slight young girl with dark hair at meetings of the Poetry Society. Along with Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, George Macbeth and several others in those richly talented years, Lotte was one of the poets to have a pamphlet published as one of the Fantasy Poets edited by Donald Hall and Oscar Mellor in the early 1950s - 'Number Nine' in 1952. Her poems had also appeared in Oxford Poetry for 1950 and 1951. She was one of six poets, including Adrienne Rich and Jenny Joseph, featured in a special collection of women poets from Departure, published from Merton College by John Adlard and Alan Brownjohn in 1951; and her work appeared later in issues of that periodical. Along with Brownjohn she was a contributor to Truth, until the venerable periodical closed in 1957. In 1960, her Poems was one of the first volumes to appear in 'The Phoenix Living Poets' series, published by Chatto and Windus in conjunction with the Hogarth Press; and the following year she was included by Elizabeth Jennings in her Anthology of Modern Verse, 1940-1960 and was among those selected to appear in The Guinness Book of Poetry 5. Since then, very little has been heard of her.

In the late 1950s, she went to Finland and taught at the University of Helsinki. She has remained in Finland since then, having married Henry Troupp, professor of neurosurgery. She has been active as a ...


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