Xu Zhimo in Cambridge, life and poetry

Xu Zhimo in Cambridge, life and poetry

Xu Zhimo in Cambridge − life and poetry

Author: Stuart Lyons (King's 1962)

In the ten years between his admission to King’s College in 1921 and his death in an air crash, Xu Zhimo transformed Chinese poetry.  This book illuminates his life and friendships in Cambridge, and his love of the Backs and surrounding countryside. It contains 24 poems in Xu’s original Chinese with Pinyin transliteration and English verse translations by the winner of the Stephen Spender Prize 2020 for poetry in translation.

Available in both hardback and paperback from The Shop at King's (King’s Visitor Centre), 13 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SP. Contact details: 01223 789340, shop@kings.cam.ac.uk

  • Hardback ISBN: 978-1-5272-9231-4  (published 15 July 2021)
  • Paperback ISBN:  978-1-7394994-0-2  (published 16 October 2023)


Publication date: 
Thursday 15 July 2021

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