Pure Reason

Pure Reason

Poems by Nikos Stangos

  1. Introduction and notes by David Plante
  • ISBN 9780500513835
  • 24.10 x 17.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 116pp
  • 44 Illustrations, 36 in colour
  • First published 2007

Nikos Stangos was a popular and influential figure in the cultural life of London until his death in 2004.

Arriving in Britain in the mid-1960s after a childhood in post-war Greece and a period of study in the United States, Stangos soon became part of London’s artistic and literary circles, establishing for himself a successful career in publishing. In his four decades as a commissioning editor, he was responsible for numerous acclaimed books on the visual arts, including several award-winning titles. Along the way he worked with some of the best-known artists, writers and historians of the day.

A one-time publisher of poetry, he was also an accomplished poet in his own right, composing verse in both Greek and English. While rooted in the specifics of his own life, his writing deals with broad philosophical issues: the nature of beauty, truth, art and reason. Typically, though, he was without ambition for his poetry, publishing rarely, and then only in Greek. All the poems in this posthumous volume, selected by the writer David Plante, are published for the first time here.

Friends contributing to the book include:
Frank Auerbach, Jennifer Bartlett, Robert Bechtle, Julian Bell, Stephenie Bergman, Stephen Buckley, Anthony Caro, Stephen Cox, Michael Craig-Martin, John Craxton, Barry Flanagan, Angelica Garnett, Liam Gillick, John Golding, Maggi Hambling, Jan Hashey, Tim Head, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Timothy Hyman, Jasper Johns, R.B. Kitaj, Vasso Kyriaki, Mark Lancaster, Julian Lethbridge, Andrew Lord, Martin Maloney, Keith Milow, Lisa Milroy, Julian Opie, Ellen Phelan, Bridget Riley, Joel Shapiro, Aspasia Stasinopoulou, Jake Tilson, Joe Tilson, Terry Winters

Nkos Stangos photograph by David PlanteNikos Stangos was a commissioning editor and director at Penguin Books and Thames &  Hudson for most of his professional life. He worked closely with many leading poets, art historians and artists of the day.