I'm researching the life and works of the above, and it's already very
obvious that there will be many connections of all kinds with TSE. I haven't
established yet the depth or frequency of the actual contacts my subject
had with TSE, nor have I attempted any evaluation of literary
context / stylistic influences, but here is an extract from the
biographical notes which accompany his archived personal papers at the
University of Manchester [the footnote (6) in the text refers to a specific
item of these]:
..............Just a year later his own first collection, Five
Rivers, was published by Faber and Faber where T.S. Eliot was a director.
Eliot, whom Nicholson first met at the Faber offices in 1938, had had a great
influence on the formation of Nicholson's poetic style; he later commented
that 'Eliot, to me, was not just the beginning of modern poetry, he was the
beginning of poetry.' 6 Five Rivers , containing poems in varied
styles on themes such as Cumbria, the War, and religion, won the first
Heinemann Prize for Poetry. Similar themes run through Nicholson's second
collection, Rock Face, published by Faber in 1948.
It's my profound opinion that Norman Nicholson's work deserves far
greater and wider recognition than it has so far been given: in part, this was
of his own making: for example, he remained all his life living and working
from in the same house in which he was born in a very small and isolated
industrial town in northern England and he had no university education at all.
Rather than me ramble on any more about my subject, there's a
most excellent web resource (intended for schools) at:-
Any pointers or comments or opinions from any List members
regarding any of the above would be most welcome indeed.
Thank you and best regards to all.