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Edward lucie smith

Edward Lucie-Smith in 2006. Photo by Pierre Argentov. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

John Edward McKenzie Lucie-Smith (born 27 February 1933) is an English poet, art critic, curator, broadcaster and author of exhibition catalogues.


Lucie-Smith was born in Kingston, Jamaica, moving to the United Kingdom in 1946. He studied at King's School, Canterbury, and then read history at Merton College, Oxford.[1]

After serving in the Royal Air Force as an education officer, and then working in advertising for 10 years, as a copywriter, he became a full-time writer.[1] He succeeded Philip Hobsbaum in organising The Group, a London-centred poets' group.[2]

He has published more than 100 books, including more than 60 books on art, several of which are used as standard texts.[1]

At the beginning of the 1980s he conducted several series of interviews, Conversations with Artists, for BBC Radio 3.

Publications Edit


  • Edward Lucie-Smith. Swinford, UK: Fantasy Press (Fantasy Poets 25), 1954.
  • Tropical Childhood, and other poems. London & New York: Oxford University Press, 1961.
  • Confessions & Histories. London & New York: Oxford University Press, 1964.
  • Penguin Modern Poets 6 (by Jack Clemo , Edward Lucie-Smith, & George MacBeth). Harmondsworth, UK, & Baltimore, MD: Penguin, 1964.
  • A Game of French and English. London: Turret, 1965.
  • Jazz for the N.U.F.. London: Turret, 1965.
  • Borrowed Emblems. London: Turret, 1967.
  • Silence. London: Turret, 1967.
  • More Beasts for Guillaume Apollinaire (illustrated by David Oxtoby). London: Villiers, 1968.
  • Snow Poem. London: Turret, 1968.
  • Towards Silence. London & New York: Oxford University Press, 1968.
  • Egyptian Ode. Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, UK: Daedaulus Press, 1969.
  • The Rhino (illustrated by Ralph Steadman). London: Steam Press, 1971.
  • Two Poems of Night (Ralph Steadman). London: Turret, 1972.
  • The Well-Wishers. London, New York, & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1974.
  • Inscriptions: 10 poems by Edward Lucie-Smith, 11 intaglio prints by Felicio Bejar. Mexico: Ainsle Press, 1974.
  • Beasts with Bad Morals (illustrated by Leonard Baskin). London: Skelton Press / Leinster Fine Art, 1984.
  • Poems for Clocks. London: Turret, 1986.
  • Changing Shape: New and selected poems. Manchester, UK: Carcanet, 2002.
  • Making for the Exit: New poems (e-book). London: London Magazine, 2014.[3]


  • The Dark Pageant: A novel about Gilles de Rais. London: Blond & Briggs, 1977.


  • Rubens. London: Spring Books, 1961; New York: Marlboro Books, 1961.
  • Mystery in the Universe: Notes on an interview with Allen Ginsberg. London: Turret, 1965.
  • What is a Painting? London: Macdonald, 1966.
  • The Little Press Movement in England and America. London: Turret, 1968.
  • Thinking About Art: Critical Essays (1968)
  • Movements in Art since 1945. London: Thames & Hudson, 1969
    • revised & printed in U.S. as Movements in Modern Art (with Donald Carroll). New York: Horizon Press, 1973.
  • Late Modern: The visual arts since 1945. New York: Praeger, 1969.
  • British Painting and Sculpture, 1960-1970. London: Tate Gallery, 1970.
  • Art in Britain, 1969-70 (with Patricia White). London: Dent, 1970.
  • A Concise History of French Painting. London: Thames & Hudson, 1971; New York: Praeger, 1971.
  • Eroticism in Western Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 1972
    • revised as Sexuality in Western Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 1991.
  • Symbolist Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 1972; New York: Praeger, 1972.
  • Toulouse-Lautrec. Paris: Editions Cerle d'Art, 1973
    • revised & expanded, Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1983.
  • The First London Catalogue. London & New York: Paddington, 1974.
  • Late Modern: The Visual Arts Since 1945. New York: Praeger, 1975; New York & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1975.
  • The Invented Eye: Masterpieces of photography, 1839-1914. London & New York: Paddington Press, 1975.
  • The Waking Dream: Fantasy and the surreal in graphic art, 1450-1900 (with Aline Jacquot). London: Thames & Hudson, 1975; New York: Knopf, 1975.
  • The Burnt Child: An Autobiography. London: Gollancz, 1975.
  • World of the Makers: Today's master craftsmen and craftswomen. London & New York: Paddington, 1975.
  • How the Rich Lived: The painter as witness, 1870-1914 (with Celestine Dars). London & New York: Paddington, 1976.
  • Joan of Arc. London: Allen Lane, 1976; New York: Norton, 1977.
  • Fantin-Latour. Oxford, UK: Phaion, 1977.
  • ArToday: From abstract expressionism to superrealism. Oxford, UK: Phaidon Press, 1977
    • published in U.S. as Art Today: From abstract expressionism to superrealism. New York: Morrow, 1977.
  • Work and Struggle: The painter as witness, 1870-1914 (Celestine Dars). London & New York: Paddington, 1977.
  • Outcasts of the Sea: Pirates and Piracy. New York: Paddington, 1978.
  • Furniture: A concise history. London: Thames & Hudson, 1979; New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.
  • Cultural Calendar of the 20th Century. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1979.
  • Super Realism. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1979.
  • Art in the Seventies. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1980; Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1980.
  • The Story of Craft: The Craftsman's Role in Society. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1981; Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1981.
  • The Art of Caricature. London: Orbis, 1981; Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1981.
  • The Body Images of the Nude. London: Thames & Hudson, 1981.
  • The Sculpture of Helaine Blumenfeld (photos by David Buckland).London: S. Browne, 1982; Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1999.
  • A History of Industrial Design. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1983; New York & Toronto: Van Nostrand Rinehold, 1983.
  • Masterpieces from the Pompidou Centre. London & New York: Thames & Hudson, 1983.
  • The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms. London & New York: Thames & Hudson, 1984.
  • Steve Hawley. New York: Alexander F. Milliken, 1984.
  • Art of the 1930s: The age of anxiety. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1985; New York: Rizzoli, 1985.
  • American Art Now. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1985; New York: Morrow, 1985.
  • The Male Nude: A modern view (with François De Louville). Oxford: Phaidon, 1985; New York: Rizzoli, 1985.
  • Michael Leonard: Paintings (Lincoln Kirstein). London: GMP, 1985.
  • Lives of the Great Twentieth Century Artists. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1986; New York: Rizzoli, 1986.
  • American Craft Today: Poetry of the physical (with Paul J. Smith). New York: American Craft Museum / Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1986.
  • Sculpture Since 1945. Oxford: Phaidon, 1987; New York: Universe, 1987.
  • The New British Painting (with Carolyn Cohen & Judith Higgins). Oxford, UK: Phaidon / Cincinnati, OH: Contemporary Arts Center, 1988.
  • Impressionist Women. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1989; New York: Harmony, 1989.
  • Art in the Eighties. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1990; New York: Phaidon Universe, 1990.
  • Art Deco Painting. Oxford, UK: Phaidon, 1990.
  • Fletcher Benton (with Paul J. Karlstrom). New York: H.N. Abrams, 1990.
  • The British Imagination: Twentieth-century paintings, sculpture, and drawings. New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 1990.
  • Harry Holland: The Painter and Reality. London: Art Books International, 1991.
  • Jean Rustin. London: T. Heneage, 1991.
  • Wendy Taylor. London: Art Books International, 1992.
  • Andres Nagel. New York: Rizzoli, 1992.
  • Alexander. London: Art Books International, 1992.
  • Art and Civilization. London: Laurence King, 1992; New York: H.N. Abrams, 1992.
  • Luis Caballero: Paintings and drawings. London: Aubrey Walter, 1992.
  • 20th Century Latin American Artof the 20th Century. London: Thames & Hudson, 1993.
  • British Art Now - A Personal View (1993) with Zsuzsi Roboz and Max Wykes-Joyce
  • Fritz Scholder: A survey of paintings, 1970-1993. Munich, Germany: Nazraeli Press, 1993.
  • Elizabeth Fritsch: Vessels from another world, metaphysical pots in painted stoneware. London: Bellew / Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, 1993.* Race, Sex and Gender in Contemporary Art: The rise of minority culture. London: Art Books International, 1994; New York: H.N. Abrams, 1994.
  • Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture since 1990, and drawings. London: Art Books Internationa, 1994.
  • John Kirby: The company of strangers. Edinburgh & London: Mainstream, 1994.
  • American Realism. London: Thames & Hudson, 1994; New York: H.N. Abrams, 1994.
  • Visual Arts in the 20th Century. London: Laurence King, 1966; New York: H.N. Abrams, 1996.
  • Leonardo Nierman, 1987-1994: Painting, sculpture, tapestry. Basel, Switzerland: Schwabe, 1996.
  • The Art of Albert Paley: Iron, bronze, steel. New York: H.N. Abrams, 1996.
  • Ars Erotica: An Arousing History of Erotic Art. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1997; New York: Rizzoli, 1997; Toronto: Stoddart, 1997.
  • Dunbar: Mining The Surfaces. New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1997.
  • Chadwick. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Lyppiat Studio, 1997.
  • Glenys Barton (with Adrian Flowers & Robin Gibson). London, 1997.
  • Adam: The male figure in art. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1998; New York: Rizzoli, 1998.
  • Zoo: Animals in Art. London: Aurum Press, 1998; New York: Watson-Guptill, 1998.
  • Lives of the Great 20th Century Artists. London: Thames & Hudson, 1999
    • published in U.S. as Lives of the Great Modern Artists. New York: Rizzoli, 2000
    • revised & expanded as Lives of the Great Modern Artists. London: Thames & Hudson, 2009.
  • Women and Art: Contested territory (with Judy Chicago). London: Weidenfield & Nicholson, 1999; New York: Watson-Guptill, 1999; Vancouver: Raincoast, 1999.
  • Judy Chicago: An American Vision. New York: Watson-Guptill, 2000.
  • Flesh and Stone. New York: Ipso Facto, 2000.
  • Chris Booth: Sculpture in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand (with Gregory O'Brien & Ken Scarlett). Auckland: Godwit, 2001.
  • Art Tomorrow. Paris: Terrail, 2002.
  • David Remfry: Dancers (with Dore Ashton & Carter Ratcliff). Boca Raton, FL: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2002.
  • Color of Time: The Photographs of Sean Scully (with Arthur C. Danto & Mia Fineman). Gottingen, Germany: Steidl, 2004.
  • Elias Rivera. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2006.
  • Censoring the Body. London & New York: Seagull Books, 2007.
  • Milos Sobaic. London: P. Wilson, 2011.


  • Six Kinds of Creature. London: Turret, 1969.
  • Six More Beasts. London: Turret, 1970.
  • Bertie and the Big Red Ball (with Beryl Cook). London: John Murray / Gallery Five, 1982.


  • Paul Claudel, Five Great Odes. London: Rapp & Carroll, 1967.
  • Jean-Paul de Dadelsen, Jonah: Selected poems. London: Rapp & Carroll, 1967. translator


  • A Group Anthology (edited with Philip Hobsbaum). London, New York, & Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1963.
  • The Penguin Book of Elizabethan Verse. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, 1965.
  • Robert Browning, A Choice of Browning's Verse. London: Faber, 1967.
  • The Liverpool Scene: Recorded live along the Mersey Beat. London: Carroll, 1967; Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968.
  • The Penguin Book of Satirical Verse. Harmondsworth, UK, & Baltimore, MD: Penguin, 1967.
  • Holding Your Eight Hands: An anthology of science fiction verse. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1969; London: Rapp & Whiting, 1970.
  • British Poetry since 1945. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, 1970.
  • A Garland from the Greek: Poems from the Greek Anthology. London: Turret, 1971.
  • French Poetry Today: A bilingual anthology (edited with Simon Watson Taylor). London: Rapp & Whiting 1971; New York: Schocken, 1971.
  • Primer of Experimental Poetry 1, 1870-1922. Volume I. London: Rapp & Whiting / Deutsch, 1971; Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971.
  • The Real British: An anthology of the new realism in British painting. London: Fischer Fine Art, 1981.
  • The Self Portrait: A modern view (edited with Sean Kelly). London: Sarema Press, 1987,
  • The Essential Osbert Lancaster : An anthology in brush and pen. London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1988.
  • The Faber Book of Art Anecdotes. London: Faber, 1992.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See also Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biography, Edward Lucie-Smith. Web, Nov. 18, 2014.
  2. Potts, Robert (23 April 2010). "Peter Porter obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. Making for the Exit, Web, Nov. 18, 2014.
  4. </nowiki> Search results = au:Edward Lucie-Smith], WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Nov. 17-18, 2014.</span> </li></ol>

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