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Robert Ian Hamilton (24 March 1938 - 27 December 2001) was a British literary critic, reviewer, biographer, poet, magazine editor and publisher.

He was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk. His parents were Scottish and had moved to Norfolk in 1936. Hamilton's father died when he was 13. The family moved to Darlington in 1951 and there at age 17 in sixth form at school Hamilton produced two issues of his own magazine, which was called The Scorpion. For the second issue he sent a questionnaire to various literary figures in London asking if there was any advice they could give young authors. Around fifty or so replies were received from figures such as Louis Golding.

After leaving school he did his National Service in München-Gladbach, Germany. He then attended Keble College, Oxford, and within a year started a magazine Tomorrow. The first issues were patchy, but the magazine grew in confidence, publishing an early play by Harold Pinter in its fourth and final issue.

In 1962 Hamilton started The Review magazine, with Michael Fried, John Fuller, and Colin Falck. The Review became the most influential postwar British poetry magazine, publishing a wide variety of writers and both short and long pieces. It ran until its 10th anniversary issue in 1972.

In 1964 The Review published a pamphlet of Hamilton's poems entitled Pretending Not to Sleep. It was one of three pamphlets that made up issue no. 13 of The Review.

In 1965, to make ends meet, Hamilton took a three-day a week job at the Times Literary Supplement, which soon grew to be the position of Poetry and Fiction Editor, a post he held until 1973.

In 1970 Faber and Faber published The Visit, a slender book of Hamilton's poems. This was a somewhat reworked and expanded version of the 1964 pamphlet. The thirty-three poems contained in The Visit all reflect Hamilton's concise writing style. Hamilton subsequently spoke about the relationship between the stressful circumstances of his personal life — in particular the mental illness of his wife — and the brevity of the poems. "You had to keep your control however bad things were; you had to be in charge. And I suppose the perfect poem became something that had to contain the maximum amount of control — and of suffering."

In 1974 Hamilton started The New Review, a large format glossy magazine. Its first issue was 100 pages and featured many well-known writers. Again it was influential in literary circles, and encouraged younger writers. But the magazine depended on Arts Council funding, and when that stopped, four and half years and 50 issues later, it closed.Hamilton then wrote freelance, including regularly for the New Statesman.

In 1976 another pamphlet of poems appeared, entitled Returning. It contained twelve new poems.

After his friend poet Robert Lowell died in 1977 Hamilton wrote a biography of him which was well-received. Encouraged by that, he began writing a biography and critique of J. D. Salinger. Famously averse to publicity, Salinger took legal action to prevent the book being published. He was unsuccessful, but by denying Hamilton cooperation, access and the right to quote from his work (including his letters), it originally looked as if any book would be fatally flawed. Hamilton however was undeterred, and was able to incorporate these frustrations into the book, entitled In Search of J.D. Salinger.

From 1984 to 1987 Hamilton presented the BBC Bookmark television program, featuring many well-known writers.

In 1988 Faber published a new collection of his verse: Fifty Poems. This included the poems previously published in The Visit, together with eleven of the poems from Returning and six new poems. In the preface Hamilton wrote: "Fifty poems in twenty-five years: not much to show for half a lifetime, you might think. And in certain moods, I would agree."

His experience with Salinger became part of Keepers of the Flame in 1992 about the history of literary estates and unofficial biographers. His love of football led him to write Gazza Agonistes and Gazza Italia in 1993 and 1994, about Paul Gascoigne's seemingly wasted talent.

He died of cancer in 2001. His son by his first wife Gisela Dietzel survives him, as do his second wife Ahdaf Soueif and their two sons, and his partner, Patricia Wheatley, by whom he had a son and daughter.

In 2009 Faber and Faber published his Collected Poems, with an introduction by Alan Jenkins.

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The Princeling of Nanjing
2017 - The Princeling of Nanjing [The Triad Years] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781487001605
ISBN-10: 1487001606
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Couturier of Milan
2017 - The Couturier of Milan (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781770899568
ISBN-10: 1770899561
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The King of Shanghai The Triad Years
2016 - The King of Shanghai the Triad Years (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781487001599
ISBN-10: 1487001592
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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What Is Experiential Calvinism
2015 - What Is Experiential Calvinism [Cultivating Biblical Godliness] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781601783790
ISBN-10: 1601783795
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
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The King of Shanghai
2014 - The King of Shanghai (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781770892460
ISBN-10: 177089246X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living
2014 - The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781601783356
ISBN-10: 1601783353
Genre: Christian Books & Bibles
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Les betes sauvages de Wuhan
2014 - Les Betes Sauvages De Wuhan [The Wild Beasts of Wuhan - Ava Lee, Bk 3 - French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782264055644
ISBN-10: 2264055642
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Water Rat of Wanchai
2014 - The Water Rat of Wanchai [aka The Deadly Touch of the Tigress - Ava Lee, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781250032270
ISBN-10: 125003227X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Two Sisters of Borneo
2014 - The Two Sisters of Borneo [Ava Lee, Bk 6] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781770892446
ISBN-10: 1770892443
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Red Pole of Macau
2013 - The Red Pole of Macau [Ava Lee, Bk 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781250032317
ISBN-10: 1250032318
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English
2013 - The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780199640256
ISBN-10: 0199640254
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
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The Disciple of Las Vegas
2013 - The Disciple of Las Vegas [Ava Lee, Bk 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780751547023
ISBN-10: 0751547026
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Wild Beasts of Wuhan
2013 - The Wild Beasts of Wuhan [Ava Lee, Bk 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781250032294
ISBN-10: 1250032296
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Faith-Shaped Life The
2013 - Faith-shaped Life The (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781848712492
ISBN-10: 1848712499
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L' vad de Wan Chai
2013 - L' Vad De Wan Chai (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782264060235
ISBN-10: 2264060239
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The Scottish Banker of Surabaya
2013 - The Scottish Banker of Surabaya [Ava Lee, Bk 5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781770892347
ISBN-10: 1770892346
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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The Deadly Touch of the Tigress
2012 - The Deadly Touch of the Tigress [aka The Water Rat of Wanchai - Ava Lee, Bk 1] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780751547962
ISBN-10: 0751547964
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Gone Too Soon Deaths That Changed Wrestling
2012 - Gone Too Soon Deaths That Changed Wrestling (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781477540268
ISBN-10: 1477540261
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Gazza Agonistes
2011 - Gazza Agonistes (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780571280193
ISBN-10: 0571280196
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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The Erosion of Calvinist Orthodoxy Drifting from the truth in confessional Scottish churches
The Ballad of Hdji And Other Poems
2010 - The Ballad of Hdji and Other Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143311031
ISBN-10: 1143311035
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2010 - Gallipoli Diary [Volume 2] (Paperback)
2008 - Gallipoli Diary Volume I [Large Print Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1999 - Poetry Classics Algernon Charles Swinburne [Bloomsbury Poetry Classics] (Hardcover)Paperback
1997 - Selected Poems of Thomas Gray [Bloomsbury Poetry Classics] (Hardcover)
1997 - Selected Poems of Edward Lear [Bloomsbury Poetry Classics] (Hardcover)
1997 - Selected Poems of George Herbert [Bloomsbury Poetry Classics] (Hardcover)
1997 - Odes (Other)
1997 - Elegies [Bloomsbury Poetry Classics] (Hardcover)Paperback
1997 - Love Sonnets [Bloomsbury Poetry Classics] (Hardcover)
1994 - Alexander Pope Selected Poems [Bloomsbury Poetry Classics] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1971 - Farm Calculations [Farm Books] (Paperback)
Steps [Cargo poetry] (Paperback)