Established in 1968, John Fuller's Sycamore Press was an important independently run press that published some of the most influential and critically acclaimed writers of the past half-century. In addition to publishing established authors, such as W. H. Auden, Philip Larkin, and Peter Porter, the press sought to promote young poets, many of whom have gone on to achieve great success. The Sycamore Press ceased operations in 1992, but it remains an excellent example of the unique qualities associated with the small press movement in England.
John Fuller & the Sycamore Press: A Bibliographic History explores the press's rich history on several levels. In addition to a full descriptive bibliography of all Sycamore Press publications, the book also includes a foreword by John Fuller and transcript of an interview conducted with John Fuller on 31 March 2007. Supplementing the descriptive bibliography are numerous personal reflections written by Sycamore Press authors about John Fuller, the press, and the works it produced.
Ryan Roberts is a Professor and Librarian at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. He also maintains the official websites for Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, Hermione Lee, and James Fenton. He is co-editor of a volume of interviews with Julian Barnes and editor of a volume of interviews with Ian McEwan for the University Press of Mississippi's Literary Conversations Series.