A selection made by Pinter and Stephen Stuart-Smith of Pinter’s work from his first published pieces in 1950 written when he was just twenty to poems dating from as recently as 1998. All twenty-nine poems testify to Pinter’s belief in the “relish, challenge, [and] excitement” of language. Presented in reverse chronological order, the poems span the spare, impersonal tone of Pinter’s mature years to the hurly-burly exuberance of his youth, when his poetry was influenced by Dylan Thomas and John Webster.
The text of The Disappeared and other poems was designed and printed by Sebastian Carter of the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge. It is hand-set in 14pt Hunt Roman on 160gsm Arches Vélin paper. The books have been bound by The Fine Bindery in Northamptonshire. There are 12 full-colour plates in the text, reproducing paintings by Tony Bevan made between 1986 and 2002. These have been printed by Expression Printers Ltd.