After serving in the Royal Air Force as an Education Officer and working as a copywriter, he became a full-time writer (as well as anthologist and photographer). He succeeded Philip Hobsbaum in organising "The Group", a London-centred poets' group.
At the beginning of the 1980s he conducted several series of interviews, Conversations with Artists, for BBC Radio 3. He is also a regular contributor to The London Magazine, in which he writes art reviews. A prolific writer, he has written more than one hundred books in total on a variety of subjects, chiefly art history as well as biographies and poetry.
In addition he has curated a number of art exhibitions, including three Peter Moores projects at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool; the New British Painting (1988–90) and two retrospectives at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He is a curator of the Bermondsey Project Space.
His books include:
- Sexuality in Western Art (1991)
- Adam: The Male Figure in Art (1998)
- http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1023296411351 Lester Strong, "Exploring Gay Male Erotic Art: An Interview with Edward Lucie-Smith" in International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, April 1998, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 135-155.
Partly based on a Wikipedia article.
- R G C Levens, Merton College Register 1900-1964 (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1964)
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/apr/23/peter-porter-obituary Robert Potts, "Peter Porter obituary", The Guardian, 23 April 2010
- http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ionulgp4Un8C&pg=PA115&dq=%22Edward+Lucie-Smith%22+biography&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ciXEU7nIOPSV7AaY54DoCw&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Edward%20Lucie-Smith%22%20biography&f=false Edward Lucie-Smith, "Edward Lucie-Smith: Uncollected Writings". Cv Publications, page=115