British poet and novelist known for Thirty Preliminary Poems and The Dead Seagull, among other works. He also published a 1965 autobiography entitled The True Confession of George Barker.
He was raised by a British father and an Irish mother. His younger brother Kit became a painter.
He taught literature at Japan's Tohoku University for several years.
He had fifteen children, some of whom were the offspring of his first and second wives, Jessica and Elspeth Barker, or of his long-time mistress Elizabeth Smart.
Some of his early work was published by T.S. Eliot.