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X, A Quarterly Review was a British arts review published in London which ran for seven issues between 1959-1962. It was Founded and co-edited by Patrick Swift and David Wright. X, named after its dictionary definition ‘the unknown quantity’, was launched to give a platform for the individual vision and to promote artists who were unknown or unfashionable
X promoted and obtained contributions from many leading artists of that period including Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Alberto Giacometti, Lucian Freud, Malcolm Lowry, Samuel Beckett, Robert Pinget, Patrick Kavanagh, Michael Andrews, Martin Gerard, Stevie Smith, W.H. Auden, Ghika, René Daumal, David Gascoyne, George Barker, Anthony Cronin, Craigie Atchison, David Bomberg, John Heath-Stubbs, Hugh MacDiarmid, John Jordan, Robert Graves, Brian Higgins, William Golding, Czesław Miłosz, Roberts MacBryde and Colquhoun, Ted Hughes, Philip Martin, Noel Stock, Leon Kossoff, Robert Nye, Timothy Behrens, André Masson, Cliff Ashby, Ezra Pound, Charles-Albert Cingria, Vernon Watkins, Thomas Blackburn, Martin Seymour-Smith, Boris Pasternak, James Lovell, Oskar Kokoschka, Pierre leyris, Geoffrey Hill, Philippe Jaccottet, Christopher Logue, H.A. Gomperts, Jules Supervielle, Charles Marowitz, O. V. de L. Milosz, Dannie Abse, Georges Duthuit, Aidan Higgins, John Wain, Yves Bonnefoy, C. H. Sisson…
David Wright's and Patrick Swift's legendary X set the common agenda for a generation of European painters, writers and dramatists.
-Michael Schmidt (founder of Carcanet Press, editor of Poetry Nation Review and Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow, writing in The Guardian, Saturday 15 July 2006 )
A remarkable publication which, in some respects, was light years ahead of its time.
-Brian Fallon (art critic to The Irish Times for 35 years, 'Patrick Swift: an Irish painter in Portugal, Gandon Editions, 2001, ISBN 0-946846-75-8 )
Brilliant but short-lived.
- Cambridge paperback guide to literature in English By Ian Ousby, 1996
X is a magazine dedicated to genius, passion and intelligence. It has the ease and authority of all excellent creations.
- Philip Toynbee (The Observer; and Time and Tide magazine
We were out to provide a platform for the individual vision, not accepted avant-gardisme or second-hand attitudes.
- David Wright, writing in Poetry Nation, No 4 - 1975