Alexis Lykiard

(Constantinos) ALEXIS LYKIARD(opoulos)

born Athens 1940, living since 1946 in UK, where he learned English. In 1957 won first Open English Scholarship ever awarded by King’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a First. Lykiard’s teenage novel The Summer Ghosts was a Sixties bestseller, followed by eight more novels. Well known as translator of Lautréamont, Jarry, Artaud and many other French authors, his own prose also includes two highly praised intimate memoirs of Jean Rhys.

Poetry remains Lykiard’s first love however: numerous poetry collections include Cat Kin, 1994 (“Contagiously cat-like in all its dexterous twists” – Ted Hughes); Living Jazz, 1990 (“Thank you for loving enough and living enough to write Living Jazz” – Maya Angelou) and Skeleton Keys, 2003, of which the historian-poet Angus Calder wrote “His argument with the world is brilliantly waged. Readers will learn a lot while they are moved by it.”

For additional information see Alexis Lykiard’s website.

Books by Shoestring Press:

Schooled for Life

Getting On

Jean Rhys Afterwords