Jenny Joseph, Author
This photo of Jenny Joseph is from her latest book titled Led By The Nose which will be available at in the spring of 2004.
About the author . . .
Jenny Joseph was born in 1932 in Birmingham, England and was first published by John Lehmann in the 1950s. Her first book of poems, The Unlooked-for Season (Scorpion Press 1960) won her a Gregory Award and she won a Cholmondeley Award for her second collection, Rose in the Afternoon (Dent 1974). Two further collections followed from Secker, The Thinking Heart (1978) and Beyond Descartes (1983). Her Selected Poems (Bloodaxe 1992) contains poems from all these books.

Her other books include Persephone (Bloodaxe 1980), a fiction in prose and poetry, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; The Inland Sea (Papier-Mache Press 1989), her first American book; Beached Boats (Enitharmon 1991), a collaboration with photographer Robert Mitchell; Ghosts and Other Company (Bloodaxe 1995), a poem from which won the 1995 Forward Prize for Poetry; Extended Similes (Bloodaxe 1997), a prose work; and All the Things I See, a selection for children of her poetry, (Macmillan 2000). Her best-known poem Warning was voted the Nations's Favorite Poem in a BBC poll in 1996 and is anthologized worldwide.

In 1996 she was awarded an Arts Council Travelling Scholarship which enabled her to spend time in Austria and Eastern Europe, exploring her interest in translation. A number of her poems have been used in song cycles and choral works in Great Britain and in the USA. She lives in Gloucestershire and she has recently completed working on a book about gardening and smell titled "Led By The Nose".

Jenny received a scholarship to Oxford University, UK, in 1950, and she later trained as a newspaper reporter. She spent 18 months in South Africa before her first book ("The Unlooked-for Season", Scorpion Press, 1960) was published. Six children's books followed.

"Warning" When I Am An Old Woman, written in 1961, was included in "Rose In the Afternoon" (J M Dent, 1974). It then appeared in Philip Larkin's "Oxford Book of 20th Century English Verse".

She has done various jobs, from lecturing in English literature and language to being a pub landlady; she has published prose and poetry, and worked with photographers, painters, musicians, and actors.

Her work is known and praised by readers and critics worldwide. Her literary agent is located in London, England.

More information:
Joseph, Jenny (in earlier publications: "Jennie") (b.1932).  This British contemporary author was awarded the "Forward Poetry Prize" in 1996 in the category "Best individual poem" for "In Honour of Love".  Joseph has published numerous collections of poetry and fiction, including "The Unlooked-for Season" (1960 - winner of a Gregory Award), "Rose in the Afternoon" (1974 - winner of a Cholmondeley Award), "The Thinking Heart" (1978), "Beyond Descartes" (1983), "Persepone" (1986 - fiction in verse and prose), "Beached Boats" (1992 - prose), "The Inland Sea" (1992), "Selected Poems" (1992 - which includes "Warning"), "Ghosts and Other Company" (1996), and "Extended Similes" (1997 - prose fiction).  In 1996 she was honored in a national poll as the author of the U.K.'s "most popular post-war poem", "Warning", which begins: "When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple."  She gives occasional readings of her poetry in Britain, and toured the U.S. in 1995.  Jenny Joseph lives in Gloucestershire, England.  Yale University professor Claude Rawson has called her "the best of the unfashionable poets."

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