Desmond Egan was born at on July 15, 1936, in Athlone, Ireland. He was educated at the Batteries by the Marist Brothers of Athlone; and afterwards at St. Finian's in Mullingar, where he excelled in English. Egan next attended Maynooth in County Kildare, and completed a Master's Degree in English at University College, Dublin, where he also earned an H.D.E. education diploma. He taught English at Newbridge College, County Kildare.
Egan's first book of poety, "Midland," appeared in 1972, revealing his interest in including drawings with his poetry -- a feature of all his published poetry. Druing the same year he co-edited "Choice", a collection of Irish poetry; "Poiemata," a book of verse and prose for children; and "Focus," a collection of critiques for teenagers. In 1972, Egan's poetry was featured in a concert performance of the Stations of the Cross on Irish television (RTE). Egan undertook editorial and publishing ventures including the Goldsmith Press.
In 1974, Egan's next collection of poetry, "Leaves," was published. More of his work appeared in magazines and newspapers and he expanded his editorial activities, contributing introductions to a book on Marcel Marceau by Brian Bourke, and a centenary edition of "The Deserted Village" by Oliver Goldsmith. Egan also became an editor for the poetry and art review "Era."
In ensuing years several more of Egan's collections were published: "Siege!" (1976); "Woodcutter" (1978); "Athlone?" (1981); and "Seeing Double" and "Snapdragon" (1983) -- the last dedicated to his wife Vivienne Abbott, an authority on French cooking, whom Egan married in 1981. The "Collected Poems of Desmond Egan" was also published in 1983.
Beginning in 1982, Egan made numerous trips to the United States to read his own works as well as to lecture on Ezra Pound. Egan founded the journal "Paideuma" in 1972 for Pound scholarship, and edited books on Pound including "A Companion to the Cantos of Ezra Pound" (Volume I: 1980 and Volume II: 1984).
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