Arthur Boyars

Arthur Boyars (28 May 1925 – 6 August 2017)[1] was a British poet and musicologist, who was also a translator and critic, literary editor and publisher.

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,[2][3] subtitled "An Oxford Review";[4] it was published until 1957.[5] Boyars was editor of Oxford Poetry in 1948.[2] 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.[6] 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".[1]


  • (ed. with Barry Hamer), Oxford Poetry 1948, Oxford: Blackwell, 1948
  • (trans. with David Burg) Yuli Daniel, Prison Poems, 1971
  • (trans. with Simon Franklin) Yevgeny Yevtushenko, The Face Behind the Face, 1979
  • Dictations: Selected Poems 1940–2009, Lexington: The Philidor Company, 2011


  1. ^ a b Nicholas Jacobs, "Arthur Boyars, gifted poet and publisher with a passion for music", The Independent, 14 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "History of the Magazine". Oxford Poetry. Magdalen College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  3. ^ Empson, William; John Haffenden (2006). Selected letters of William Empson. Oxford University Press. p. 276. ISBN 978-0-19-928684-3. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  4. ^ Ford, Dr. Richard. "One Autograph Letter Signed and one Typed Letter Signed to Michael Fraenkel". Object description. Richard Ford. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Late Gifts". PN Review 207. 39 (1). September–October 2012.
  6. ^ "The Solitary Walker: The Day I Met Yevgeny Yevtushenko". Blogger. Retrieved 12 December 2010.

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