Percy Wyndham Lewis, the editor for BLAST’s two
issue run, was born November 18, 1882 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Described as an “English Cubist” painter and writer, Lewis
founded the Vorticist movement in 1912 along with Ezra Pound. Lewis published
BLAST to explain the aesthetic theory and showcase the achievements of
the “Anglo-Saxon Genius” of the Vorticists. The short lived
movement died out after World War I as Lewis became interested in the conservative
politics of post –war Germany and Italy. He is remembered by T.S.
Eliot as ''the most fascinating personality of our time...the most distinguished
living novelist.'' (von der Ropp)