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John Frederick Lehmann (born Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, 2 June 1907; died London, 7 April 1987) was an English poet and man of letters, and one of the foremost literary editors of the twentieth century, founding the periodicals New Writing and The London Magazine.

The son of journalist Rudolph Lehmann, and brother of actress Beatrix Lehmann and novelist Rosamond Lehmann, he was educated at Eton and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, his time at both of which he considered "lost years".

After a spell as a journalist in Vienna, he returned to England to found the popular periodical in book format, New Writing (1936–1940) which proved of great influence on literature of the period, and an outlet for writers such as Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden. Including many of these authors in his anthology Poems for Spain which he edited with Stephen Spender. With the advent of the War and paper rationing New Writing's future was unsure, and Lehmann wrote New Writing in Europe for Pelican Books, one of the first critical summaries of the writers of the 1930s, he championed the writers who had been the stars of New Writing, Auden and Spender, but also his close friend Tom Wintringham, and Wintringham's ally the emerging George Orwell. The best selling Wintringham reintroduced Lehmann to Allen Lane of Penguin Books, who secured paper for The Penguin New Writing a monthly book-magazine, this time in paperback, the first issue featuring Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant". Occasional hardback editions combined with magazine Daylight appeared sporadically, but it was as Penguin New Writing that the magazine survived until 1950.

After joining Leonard and Virginia Woolf as managing director of Hogarth Press between 1938 and 1946 he established his own publishing company— John Lehmann Limited — with his sister Rosamond, publishing new works by authors such as Sartre and Stendhal, and discovering talents like Thom Gunn and Laurie Lee. He also published the first two books written by Elizabeth David, A Book of Mediterranean Food and French Country Cooking.

In 1954 he founded The London Magazine, remaining as editor until 1961, following which he was a frequent lecturer, and completed his three volume autobiography, Whispering Gallery (1955), I Am My Brother (1960), The Ample Proposition (1966). In The Purely Pagan Sense (1976) is an autobiographical record of his homosexual lovelife in England and pre-war Germany, discreetly written in the form of a novel. He also wrote the biographies Edith Sitwell (1952), Virginia Woolf and Her World (1975), Thrown to the Woolfs (1978) and Rupert Brooke (1980).

In 1974 Lehmann published a book of poems, The Reader at Night, hand-printed on hand-made paper and hand-bound in an edition of 250 signed copies (Toronto, Basilike, 1974). An essay by Paul Davies about the creation of this book is included in Professor A.T. Tolley's collection, John Lehmann: a Tribute (Ottawa, Carleton University Press, 1987), which also includes pieces by Roy Fuller, Thom Gunn, Charles Osborne, Christopher Levenson, Jeremy Reed, George Woodcock, and others.

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Total Books: 41
New Writing And Daylight
2007 - New Writing and Daylight (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406741063
ISBN-10: 140674106X

Virginia Woolf
1999 - Virginia Woolf (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780500260265
ISBN-10: 0500260265
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

In the Purely Pagan Sense
1994 - In the Purely Pagan Sense [Gay Modern Classics] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780907040569
ISBN-10: 090704056X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Vienna A Traveller's Companion
1988 - Vienna a Traveller's Companion [Travellers' Companion Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780689707377
ISBN-10: 0689707371
Genres: History, Travel

Vienna A Travellers' Companion
1988 - Vienna a Travellers' Companion [The Travellers' Companion Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780094654105
ISBN-10: 0094654107
Genres: History, Travel

Christopher Isherwood A Personal Memoir
1987 - Christopher Isherwood a Personal Memoir (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780297791799
ISBN-10: 0297791796

Three Literary Friendships
1987 - Three Literary Friendships (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780704300583
ISBN-10: 0704300583

Three Literary Friendships Byron  Shelley Rimbaud  Verlaine Robert Frost  Edward Thomas
The English Poets of the First World War
1982 - The English Poets of the First World War (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780500272671
ISBN-10: 0500272670
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Rupert Brooke His Life and His Legend
1981 - Rupert Brooke His Life and His Legend (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780704333628
ISBN-10: 0704333627

Thrown to the Woolfs
1978 - Thrown to the Woolfs (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780297775454
ISBN-10: 0297775456

Edward Lear and His World
1977 - Edward Lear and His World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780500130612
ISBN-10: 0500130612

Virginia Woolf and Her World
1977 - Virginia Woolf and Her World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780156935814
ISBN-10: 0156935813
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Virginia Woolf  Her World
1976 - Virginia Woolf Her World (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780151937714
ISBN-10: 0151937710
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

The Craft of Letters in England a Symposium
1974 - The Craft of Letters in England a Symposium (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780837174105
ISBN-10: 0837174104
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A nest of tigers Edith Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell in their times
1968 - A Nest of Tigers Edith Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell in Their Times (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781199829306
ISBN-10: 1199829307

The strange destiny of Rupert Brooke
The Strange Destiny of Rupert Brooke (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780030574795
ISBN-10: 003057479X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

3 Literary Friendships Byron and Shelley Rimbaud and Verlaine Robert Frost and Edward Thomas
Holborn (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780333026748
ISBN-10: 0333026748

The Ample Proposition Autobiography III
The Ample Proposition Autobiography III (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780413263100
ISBN-10: 041326310X

Omega and After - Bloomsbury and the Decorative Arts
Omega and After - Bloomsbury and the Decorative Arts (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780500233375
ISBN-10: 0500233373

Edith Sitwell [Writers & Their Work] (Paperback)
Open Night [Essay index reprint series] (Hardcover)
Coming to London [Essay index reprint series] (Other)
Lewis Carroll and the Spirit of Nonsense [Nottingham Byron lecture ; 1972] (Paperback)