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From Oasis into Italy: war poems and diaries from Africa and Italy, 1940-1946

Victor Selwyn
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Victor Selwyn (1917 – 2005) was a British journalist. He was associated with the Cairo poets, and was — along with Denis Saunders and David Burk — an editor of Oasis.

The British Army presence in Egypt in World War II had, as a side effect, the concentration of a group of Cairo poets. There had in fact been a noticeable literary group in Cairo before the war in North Africa broke out, including university academics. Possibly as a reflection of that, there were two strands of literary activity and publication during the years 1942-1944. There was the Personal Landscape group centred on the publication of that name, founded by Lawrence Durrell, Robin Fedden and Bernard Spencer. There was also the Salamander group, which produced a magazine and the Oasis series of anthologies. To over-simplify, the first group produced poetic reputations, while the second, founded by servicemen, broadcast appeals and collected an archive of 17,000 poems written at the period.


In fact poets like Terence Tiller and G. S. Fraser had a foot in both camps. Keith Douglas

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AuthorVictor Selwyn
Number of pages267
Year Published1983
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