Saturday, March 31, 2012


The tenth issue of POINTS was published in late summer-early fall of 1951 and was noted as POINTS 10 – June-September 1951.  This slip in the publication schedule would make it difficult to maintain the previous record of publishing four issues per year, and as we shall see, the next issue of POINTS would be a combined issue of numbers 11/12 appearing in winter of 1951/1952.


Notes by the Editor

This issue of POINTS is in a way a milestone. We have now been appearing more or less irregularly since February 1949, so we are in our third year and have finally reached our 10th issue. When this magazine started it was hoped that it would come out every two months, therefore this issue would have been No. 1had all gone as hoped. All the same we have managed to keep going and in the future we shall definitely appear at least four times a year. There are inevitably two difficulties in publishing a little magazine; one, the financial question and, the other, the problem of finding suitable material.   The first, unfortunately always important, can be arranged if one is lucky. The second is always hard to overcome, for, as a matter of principle, we prefer not to go out and solicit writers, unless we are particularly keen to print something on a certain subject. We want writers to come to us, in particular writers we do not know, and we publish their works strictly on merit. We admit that we print certain writers frequently or should I say a particular writer frequently?— namely Mr. Grossman. This editor has a weakness for D. Jon Grossman, a weakness hard to give up, and in the next issue of POINTS we will probably have another article by him, his opinioof contemporary French writing; in the same issue we also hope to have an article in French on a certain French viewpoint of contemporary American writing.

There is another fact I would like to tell our readers. Therhas recently been a definite decline in American contributions to this review. When we first started the vast majority of our contributors were Americans, now our best and most numerous contributions come from Ireland and England and occasionally Canada, where it seems to us that the most sensitive and intelligent writing by young writers today is being done. One reason for this change may be that the U.S. is flooded with little magazines and they get first choice of the young home writers; another may be that young American writing at the moment is on the skids. In Europe today one cannot help but help feeling that the American intellect is re-entering another vacuum, just pick up any American newspaper to see why.

In this issue we have departed from our usual policy by publishing two short-stories by the same author. We felt that these two stories by Adrian Vincent were so good, superior by far to what we usually have the privilege to read, and with so little to choose between them that we are printing them both.

POINTS No. 11 will be out in October 1951. We continue to urge young writers to send in their work, everything will be read and returned if unacceptable, providing of course that return postage is sent. We can never receive too many short-stories and articles although we are nearly always surfeited with poetry. May we also remind readers that we welcome letters and, if of general interest, whether critical or in praise, they will be printed in our "Letters to the Editor" section.

Sindbad Vail

The meeting noted in the last issue of the “AMERICAN STUDENTS’ AND ARTISTS’ CENTER” included a prepared presentation by the new associate editor of POINTS, Michael Johnson.  His essay is presented below following the listing of contents and contributors.

Sindbad VAIL – Notes by the Editor
Adrian VINCENT – A Point in Time
Adrian VINCENT – Colony for the Lost
Marcel LAMBRECHT – Histoires quotidiennes
Jacques BRENNER – Faits divers
Charles Stuart INGLE – Love among the Californians
Derek STANFORD – Two Poems: Stroke of Midnight
                                                         Daybreak Junction
Geoffrey JOHNSON – Quicksilver
Harold BRAV – Sex, (the) Pure and (the) Simple
Peter VICKERS – A Story About Knights and Witches and Thnigs
Paul HAINZELAIN – Deux Poèms: Le Jardin                                           Réveil
Peter Dale SCOTT – History
Lee Richard HAYMAN – Silent Aside to the Impossible Ghost
Françoise FLEURENT – L’Indésirable
Michael JOHNSON – Dubious Grapes: The Writer, Society And John Steinbeck
Michael JOHNSON – Book Review: I CAME BACK
Marcel BISIAUX – Nos Lecteurs nous écrivent

HAROLD BRAV : 27, American.  Born in Detroit and at present studying History at the Sorbonne on the Gl Bill, already has a B.A. in French History at Wayne University.  Has worked as a taxi driver in America. This is his first publication.     

JACQUES BRENNER : 29, French. Has had a collection of poems published by Gallimard and four novels by Les Editions de Minuit. 
Literary critic of Paris-Normandie.

FRANCOISE FLEURENT : 26, French. Has published several short-stories in magazines and reviews. Won an award in piano playing at the Conservatoire de Nancy.

PAUL HAINZELAIN : 31, French. Published a book of poems, Les Soleils Perdus, in 1949. Writes only poetry and has published in several local reviews of central France.

LEE RICHARD HAYMAN : American. Has published in various reviews, including Botteghe Oscure  (Rome), Prospect (England), and Poetry (Australia).

CHARLES STUART INGLE : 23, American. This piece, one of a series of scenarios for nightmares, is his first publication.

MARCEL LAMBRECHT : 24, Belgian. Has only previously published some poems and short pieces in Belgian reviews. At present writing a novel.

PETER DALE SCOTT : 22, Canadian. Born Montreal. At present literary Editor of the Oxford review ISIS. Recently won a poetry contest judged by C. Day Lewis. Has been published in college magazines in Canada and Oxford.

PETER VICKERS : 24, English.  Has worked as an engineer and is a translator. At present living in Paris. This is his first publication.

ADRIAN VINCENT : 33, English. Born in London, but spent early childhood in Paris. Five years a prisoner of war, working in the mines in Poland. Now living in London and working in the publicity Department of a major American film company. Has done a certain amount of book reviewing and has had several stories accepted for publication, which failed to reach print owing to collapse of magazines. This therefore is his first published story.  

It is most likely a coincidence, but Lee Richard Hayman who appeared in the same issue of POINTS went on to a distinguished career as a teacher and John Steinbeck scholar.  Or perhaps he attended the meeting or read the essay and that influenced his later career choices.

Readers who have been following the publishing career of Sindbad Vail and POINTS who wish to learn more about Sindbad Vail can find bits and pieces of his life in the following works. 

Dearborn, Mary V.; Mistress of modernism : the life of Peggy Guggenheim; Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004

Gill, Anton; Art lover : a biography of Peggy Guggenheim; New York : HarperCollins, c2002

Guggenheim, Peggy; Out of this century : confessions of an art addict; New York : Universe Books, c1979

Weld, Jacqueline Bograd, Peggy, the wayward Guggenheim, New York : Dutton, c1986


Thursday, March 29, 2012


POINTS 9 was published in late winter-early spring of 1951.  Sindbad Vail’s introductory notes make no mention of POINTS 8 or the outcome of the second literary contest.  Some of the content of POINTS 8 is discussed in the new “Letters to the Editor” section including a short story by Brendon Behan, possibly AFTER THE WAKE, that would be included in the short story anthology that Vail would publish in 1955.  The back cover noted a change in the associate editor position, now held by Michael Johnson.


Notes by the Editor

With this issue of POINTS we start our third year. We have this time only three short stories in English. There seems to be a lamentable lack of talent in this particular literary field. We hope with Spring coming that young writers will feel more inspired and that they will send us more and better material. However we think that the storiepublished in this issue are really good.

In a previous number we asked for love stories and received sestories. This time we are asking for sex stories hoping to get love stories. Also we arc in the market for humourous stories. Good funny stories have been written before (e. g. Ring Lardner, James Thurber), We are also in the market for essays on literary subjects of generainterest and travel reportage. The latter is a form which does not appear to come easily to young writers. One receives either glorified Baedeker or journalism. There are any amount of ways of writing reportage while avoiding these pitfalls, (e,g, D. H. Lawrence, Freya Stark, Peter Fleming, Evelyn Waugh, Christopher Isherwood or even Hemingway).

As promised in the last issue we are starting a "Letters to the Editor" section. We hope that more readers will avail themselves of thiopportunity to air their views.

Our next issue will be coming out in May. We remind readers that
subscriptions are more than welcome. A little magazine is supposeto exist on them.


POINTS 9 featured a single advertisement in the back pages, perhaps some of the competing small magazines were reluctant to advertise or as intimated in the Hudson Review article had ceased to exist.

The subscription information page listed a half dozen outlets in the UK where POINTS could be purchased.  Earlier issues had mentioned that the Gotham Book Mart in New York carried the journal.  In Paris POINTS could be purchased from newsstands as well as bookshops that catered to English publications.

 Tucked inside of POINTS 9 was a notice of the meeting of the “AMERICAN STUDENTS’ AND ARTISTS’ CENTER” to discuss John Steinbeck.  The new associate editor of POINTS, Michael Johnson, led the discussion.

The contents of POINTS 9 included previous contributors as well as some new faces:

SINDBAD VAIL – Notes by the Editor
JOHN SYMONDS – From the Scrap-book of Gregory Jendrick
JEAN FERRON – A Endymion
RUTH OLDSHAM – The Supervisor
DEREK STANFORD -  The Poetic Drama of Christopher Fry
JEAN-PIERRE VIVET – Le Cinéma français depuis la guerre
JOHN HOWARD – Self-Immolation on Credit
D. JON GROSSMAN – Book Review: Selected Writings of Guillaume Apollinaire
D. JON GROSSMAN – Book Review: The Collected later Poems of William Carlos Williams
HERB GOLD – Book Review: The Death of a Salesman
ALBERT STRIDSBERG – Book Review: A Family Romance
ALBERT STRIDSBERG – Book Review: A Diary of Love
MARCEL BISIAUX – Nos Lecteurs nous écrivent

JEAN FERRON: 25, French. Was a pupil of Jean-Louis Curtis (Prix Goncourt) and has never before been published. Is at present livinin Africa where he is working for the Colonial Administration.

FRANÇOIS GILLET: 22, Swiss Lives in Lausanne. Has made several translations from German and has published poems and articles in Swiss reviews, this is his first short story to be published.

PATRICK GREER : 34, Irish. Formerly an actor. Has published in New Writing and broadcast for Radio Eirann. Has just finished a novewhich he hopes to have published this Summer. At present teaching in a private school in Paris.

JOHN HOWARD : 24 English, Painter and writer at present living in Paris. This is the first time he has published in France. Is working on translations of French short stories for publication in England.

RUTH OLDSHAM : Young American of unknown age last seen headinin a southerly direction about a year ago.

DEREK STANFORD : English. Has written a book on the work of Christopher Fry which is being published in London this Spring by Peter Nevill. Has published a book of verse, "Music for Statues" (Routledge, 1948), critical essays, "The Freedom of Poetry" (Fulern Press, 1948), an edition of Thackery's "English Humourists" (Grey Walls Press 1949), and co-edited and introduced, in co-operation with Muriel Spark, "Tribute to Wordsworth" (Wingate, 1950). His edition of the poems of George Darley is at present being publisheby the Grey Walls Press.

ALBERT STRIDSBERG : 21. American. At present studying French Literature at Tours on a Fulbright Scholarship.

JEAN-PIERRE VIVET : 25, French, Is a journalist by profession and cinema critic of France-Dimanche, Combat and L'Observateur. Is at present writing a novel.

Derek Stanford
Poet, critic and former lover of Muriel Spark

            Simon Jenner
            The Guardian, Wednesday 25 March 2009

Derek Stanford was born in Lampton, Middlesex.
Photograph: Chris Ware/Keystone Press

The poet and critic Derek Stanford, who has died aged 90, had reasons to be grateful to the novelist Muriel Spark, his one-time lover, but her characterisation of him as the fifth-rate, pushy writer Hector Bartlett in A Far Cry from Kensington (1988) was not among them. Nor were her pronouncements on his 1963 work, Muriel Spark: A Biographical and Critical Study. "If Mr Stanford had applied to me," she wrote, "I would have advised against this undertaking."
But, 50 years after they parted, his poems seemingly inspired by the affair appeared in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) for several years, conjuring up too the doomed 1890s poets he identified with and championed.
Born in Lampton, Middlesex, Stanford was educated at the Latymer upper school, Hammersmith, west London, after which his father compelled him into a lawyer's office. During the second world war, as a concientious objector, he served in the Non-Combatant Corps. In 1946 he emerged in print with his lifelong friend the poet John Bayliss in a two-hander volume, A Romantic Miscellany. His solo debut, Music for Statues (1948), was praised in the TLS. Many critics over the years agreed with this view. Geoffrey Grigson promoted him in Poetry of the Present (1949). Later, The Traveller Hears the Strange Machine: New and Selected Poems 1946-79 (1980) was praised by the poet Robert Nye - "a few dozen lines likely to survive ... as long as English poetry is read."
Spark entered Stanford's life in the late 1940s when he asked for work at the Poetry Society, where she was secretary and ran the Poetry Review. When she was ousted soon afterwards, he organised a protest reading, and then petitioned TS Eliot and Graham Greene for money on her behalf when she collapsed after using the appetite suppressant Dexedrine. Spark's autobiography Curriculum Vitae (1992) later claimed that her literary success made Stanford ill, but then, his success on her behalf made her well.
Stanford's The Freedom of Poetry (1947) was the first thorough critique of the 1940s, and a trendsetter. Well-received, his John Betjeman: A Study (1961), the first-ever monograph on Betjeman, was denounced by the author. His collaborations with Spark focused on Romantic poets, but Stanford's own criticism started impressively with a 1951 appreciation of Christopher Fry, whom he had met in the corps, and moved on to Eliot, the poets of the 1930s, and Dylan Thomas. He focused on the 1890s, and the condemned playground of 1940s Soho, for the rest of his career.
He produced Aubrey Beardsley's Erotic Universe in 1967, while he was teaching at North Foreland girls' school in Hampshire (1962-68) and the City Literary Institute in London. Stanford once described himself as "a sceptical, sprightly Cavalier". Such sympathies invoke those mainly Catholic converts he caused to be reappraised, who included the alcoholic Lionel Johnson and the tubercular Ernest Dowson. But the multi-tasking, longlived 1890s critic Arthur Symons is the writer Stanford deserves to be measured against. These studies of the fin de siècle, along with his memoir Inside the Forties (1977) - deftly respectful to and gossipy about Spark - are his best-remembered prose.
Stanford exhibited a technophobia which extended to cars and typewriters. He found happiness with two wives, both poets, who both typed to dictation. The first, Margaret Holdsworth, wrote as Margaret Philips. After her death, he married Julie Whitby, who survives him.
Derek Stanford, poet and critic, born 11 October 1918; died 19 December 2008

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sidewalk cafes lined many of the boulevards in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter.  Les Deux Magots occupied an enviable position at 6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, directly across from l’Abbaye Saint-Germain-des-Prés, number 2 on the map below.

Les Deux Magots afforded patrons a clear view of the Abbaye, and the intersection of the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Rue de Rennes and Rue Bonaparte provided an endless parade of Parisiens going about their daily business.

The Café de Flore also occupied a corner location at 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Rue Saint-Benoît.

The August 22, 1951 issue of LIFE magazine featured an extended article on the expatriate experience taking place in Paris.

(© LIFE MAGAZINE, All  rights reserved) 

The genesis of many of the small magazines and journals that emerged in Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s occurred over late night discussions in these cafes as friends formulated plans to launch their own literary voices in print. 

The Hudson Review, Volume 4, Number 2, 1951, examined the Paris small magazine phenomenon in an article written by Thomas Barbour entitled, Little Magazines in Paris.  In the opening paragraphs below he confirms that POINTS 8 was published, and that the ninth edition was in the process of being printed. 

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