I met Al in 1995 when he came to my first play, Dealer’s Choice, which is about poker. He was very nice about the play, and then I was able to bore him about what an enormous influence he’d had on me.
A. Alvarez, a British poet, critic and essayist who played a pivotal role in bringing the poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to the public, and whose acclaimed book on the World Series of Poker in Vegas
Al Alvarez has died, at the age of 90. In this feature from 2013, the author and critic told The Telegraph about his memories of Sylvia Plath and his love of outdoor swimming "Al's in the conservatory,