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  • The Poems of Laura Riding: A Newly Revised Edition of the 1938/1908 Collection by Laura Riding
    The Poems of Laura Riding: A Newly Revised Edition of the 1938/1908 Collection (English, Paperback)

    On the occasion of her one hundredth birthday in 2001, a new edition of Laura Riding's collected poems. Always ahead of her time, no other major poet of the last century enters the twenty-first so fresh, so essentially unexplored as does Laura Riding. Her formidable credentials as a modernist need no longer distract attention from the class-of-her-own this writer occupies. Beginning in spiritual...

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  • Anarchism Is Not Enough by Laura Riding
    Anarchism Is Not Enough (English, Paperback)

    A manifesto against systematic thinking, this text on literary theory, first published 70 years ago in 1928, is a difficult book by a famously difficult writer.

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  • Four Unposted Letters to Catherine by Laura Riding Jackson
    Four Unposted Letters to Catherine (English, Hardback)

    Like Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, this remarkable little book of wisdom and advice refreshes the mind and renews the spirit. Written in 1930 and published in Paris by the Hours Press in a limited edition of only two hundred, these letters were addressed to an eight-year-old girl, the "thoughtful and sensible" child of Nancy Nicholson and Robert Graves. But they were also meant for adults who...

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  • The Laura (Riding) Jackson Reader by Elizabeth Friedmann
    The Laura (Riding) Jackson Reader (English, Paperback)

    In a single volume, the essential work of a major Modernist poet and thinker. Some see Laura Riding and Laura (Riding) Jackson as virtually two separate writers, the former a strikingly original Modernist poet and critic, the latter a supposedly reclusive thinker on man and woman, language, meaning, and truth. However, encountering her work in this rich cross-section, one discovers a remarkable...

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  • Convalescent Conversations by Laura Riding
    Convalescent Conversations (English, Paperback)

    Fiction. Edited and with an introduction by George Fragopoulos. Originally published under the pseudonym Madeleine Vara in 1936 by Laura Riding's and Robert Graves's Seizen Press, CONVALESCENT CONVERSATIONS is one of Riding's least known works, and one of her most wonderfully idiosyncratic. A novel unfolding almost entirely in dialogue form, CONVALESCENT CONVERSATIONS tells the story of Adam and Eleanor, two patients recovering from unknown maladies in a nondescript sanitarium. Through a series of increasingly esoteric philosophical conversations regarding topics such as God, love, and the meaning of illness, Adam and Eleanor come to tell the stories of who they are and what they are suffering from. While not strictly an allegorical work, it is difficult to not see historical parallels between the suffering of the protagonists and the state of the world in the late 1930s. 1936 was also the year Riding and Robert Graves had to flee Mallorca, Spain following the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

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  • Experts Are Puzzled by Laura Riding
    Experts Are Puzzled (English, Paperback)

    Fiction. Edited by George Fragopoulos. Introduction by Mark Jacobs and George Fragopoulos. A nearly impossible text to categorize--is it a collection of short stories, prose poems, manifestos or something else entirely?--EXPERTS ARE PUZZLED is one of Laura Riding's earliest and most intense examinations of poetry's and language's relationship to truth. In essayistic examinations such as the titular piece, "Introduction to a book on Money," and "An Address to America," Riding seeks to articulate a higher, more poetic notion of truth and truth telling, a project that would later result in her famous renunciation of poetry itself. As such, EXPERTS ARE PUZZLED stands as an essential text in better understanding why it is that Riding rejected poetry and stopped writing it altogether in the late 1930s. While excerpts and selections from EXPERTS have been published before, most notably in Riding's The Progress of Stories, the entirety of the collection has not appeared in print since its initial publication by Jonathan Cape in 1930.

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  • Essays from "Epilogue", 1935-1937 by Laura Riding
    Essays from "Epilogue", 1935-1937 (English, Paperback)

    The "Epilogue" essays, published when the literary partnership of Laura Riding and Robert Graves was at its height, illustrate their working relationship and the background to their later very different careers.

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  • The Telling by Laura Riding
    The Telling (English, Paperback)

    Laura (Riding) Jackson, renounced poetry in mid-life because it hampered the way to something 'further' in language. Divided into 62 numbered sections, this book stands central to her work. It articulates that language needs to be precise and unambiguous, and that human fulfilment should be attainable through truth-speaking.

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