Focus was printed in 1935 in four parts for distribution among friends, such as Robert Graves, James Reeves, Honor Wyatt, Karl Goldschmidt and others, centring on those friends in Riding's circle. It is thought only around twenty-five copies were published, each ranging in length between fourteen and thirty-five pages, and was unbound, hence its rarity. This is the first time it has been made available to the public.
A description of Focus initialled 'L.R.' is to be found in the Berg Collection of John Aldridge papers (acknowledgements to Dr. John Nolan):
A focus ‘is a point from which any activity (such as disease or an earthquake wave) originates.
At any rate, a point at which forces meet. You know how we speak of things being “in focus”. My idea is, then, that we should put ourselves in FOCUS….’
The Person I Am, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Volumes I and II, edited by John Nolan and Carroll Ann Friedmann. Trent Editions, October 2011. Literary memoirs by Laura (Riding) Jackson, written between 1972 and her death in 1991, with commentaries on those she had personal working relations with, such as the Fugitives, Robert Graves, Jacob Brownowski, Norman Cameron and others of the 1920-1930s and beyond, to those who impinged closely upon her work such as W. H. Auden, W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, plus her views on various modernist critics.
A Mannered Grace: The Life of Laura (Riding) Jackson
By Elizabeth Friedmann
With the publication of this authorized biography written by the woman she took into her confidence, Laura (Riding) Jackson can be seen for the first time in a clarifying light. Beautifully written, fair-minded, and compassionate, A Mannered Grace portrays a complex woman of rare intelligence and allows for a reassessment of her remarkable achievement.
Anarchism Is Not Enough
A variety of writings and essays on the nature of poetry and the poet, first published in 1928.
Progress Of Stories
As the title tells, this is a progression of stories, beginning with the ordinary and everyday stories of lives and gradually accumulating into the profound. First published in 1935.
A Selection of the Poems of Laura Riding
A personal selection from Laura Riding's poems edited by the poet Robert Nye.
Essays from Epilogue 1935-1937
By Laura Riding and Robert Graves, edited by Mark Jacobs, 2001.
Epilogue was an annual hard-back periodical. It offers a unique insight into each of the authors' work as well as their method of collaboration.
The Close Chaplet
Published in 1926 by The Hogarth Press, this is a complete facsimile in PDF format of the poet's brilliant first collection of poems.
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