His Poems were published in 1944 by Fortune Press. He started the small magazine Mandrake in 1946 with John Wain while at Wadham College, Oxford, subtitled "An Oxford Review"; it was published until 1957. Boyars was editor of Oxford Poetry in 1948. He is known also as a translator of Russian poetry. He became the second husband of Marion Lobbenberg, who formed a partnership with John Calder in the publishing house Calder & Boyars. Boyars's name is associated with the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. In 2011 Boyars published a limited edition of his own poetry, Dictations: Selected Poems 1940–2009, which was described by the critic Alberto Manguel as "Dantesque".
- Nicholas Jacobs, "Arthur Boyars, gifted poet and publisher with a passion for music", The Independent, 14 August 2017.
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- www.arthurboyars.com contains some of Arthur Boyars' early poetry.
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