Sue Lawley's guest this week is Al Alvarez. In the late 1950s, as the influential poetry critic of the Observer, he favoured a style of writing which reflected the disarray of the times, in the aftermath of the Second World War and the shadow of the nuclear bomb. He befriended and championed poets such as Robert Lowell, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Later he wrote The Savage God, a study of suicide in which he recalled her death and described his own attempt.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Quartet No. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
Luxury: Laptop computer with poker game software
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