Letters to Editors

Letters to Editors


'Voltaire' [letter], Times Literary Supplement, February 16, 1928, p. 112.

'A Protest' [letter] [On Louis Untermeyer's 'London Letters' of May 12 & May 26, 1928], Saturday Review Of Literature, August 11, 1928, p. 47.

'Romantic Criticism' [letter] [On Humbert Wolfe's use of A Survey Of Modernist Poetry], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, Times Literary Supplement, January 3, 1929, p. 12.

'Mr. Graves's Poems' [letter] [On an anonymous review (by Alan Clutton-Brock) of Poems 1929], Times Literary Supplement, December 26, 1929, p. 1097.


'Correction' [of headnote to Herbert Palmer's review of Poems A Joking Word] [letter], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, Everyman, January 8, 1931, p. 726.

'Laura Riding answers Herbert E. Palmer' [letter], Everyman, February 12, 1931, p. 91.

'Modern Riddles' [letter] [On an anonymous review (by Alan Clutton-Brock) of four Hours Press poem-collections], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, Times Literary Supplement, February 26, 1931, p. 154.

[Letter] [On a review by John Collier], Time and Tide, May 9, 1931, p. 556.

'The Matter Of Communication' [letter] [On an anonymous review (by Geoffrey West) of Laura and Francisca], Times Literary Supplement, March 3, 1932, p. 155.

'Taxi and Gin Shorthand' [letter], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, The Observer (London), February 9, 1936, p. 13.

'On Reviewing "Difficult" Books' [letter], Times Literary Supplement, March 7, 1936, p.204.

'Sören Kierkegaard' [letter], Times Literary Supplement, April 10, 1937, p. 275.

'Riding on Butler' [letter] [On Samuel Butler], Time, April 26, 1937, pp. 4 & 6. 'Neglect Of Poets' [letter], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, Daily Telegraph, May 27, 1937, p. 16.

[Poets and Patronage] [letter], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, Daily Telegraph, June 15, 1937, p. 16.

'Ink of Poppies' [letter] [Criticism of Dorothy L. Sayers' use of 'A Personal Letter, with a Request for a Reply'], The Spectator, June 18, 1937, p. 1148.

'Correspondence: Sour Puss', New Verse, N.S. 1, January 1939, p. 30.

'Our "Modern" Poetry' [letter], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, Sunday Times, London, February 19, 1939, p. 16.


'A Letter To The Editor' [On Michael Kirkham on Robert Graves], Minnesota Review, 7(l),1967, pp. 77-79.

'Correspondence' [On Daniel Hoffman on Robert Graves], Shenandoah, 18, Spring 1967, pp. 67-70.

'Blue Estuaries' [letter] [On a review of Louise Bogan's poems], New York Times Book Review, November 24, 1968, p. 52.


'Poetry, Politics and Truth' [letter] [On Ian Hamilton on Selected Poems: In Five Sets], The Observer (London), October 18, 1970, p. 14.

'Letters' [On Roy Fuller and Martin Seymour-Smith], The Review, 24, December 1970, pp. 75-76.

'The Climate Of Criticism' [letter] [On Richard Schickel on Matthew Arnold], New York Times Book Review, January 3, 1971, p. 14.

'Correspondence' [On Robert Graves on A Survey Of Modernist Poetry], Modern Language Quarterly, 32, December 1971, pp. 447-448.

'Laura Riding: Response To Critics' [letter] [On M.L. Rosenthal on Charles Olson], Massachusetts Review, 13, 1972, pp. 519-520.

'Poems And Paraphrases' [letter] [On a review of James Reeves' poems], Times Literary Supplement, November 3, 1972, p. 1342.

'The Telling' [letter] [On an anonymous review (by Donald Davie) of The Telling and Selected Poems: In Five Sets], Times Literary Supplement, March 9, 1973, p. 268.


'Divided Being' [letter] [On Judith Thurman's review of Selected Poems: In Five Sets], The Nation, March 22, 1975, p. 322.

'Telling' [letter] [On Paul Auster's review of Selected Poems: In Five Sets, and The Telling], New York Review of Books, October 2, 1975, pp. 41-42.

'A Private Press' [letter] [On Virgil Thomson on Hugh Ford's Published In Paris], New York Review of Books, April 29, 1976, p. 44.

'The Fugitives Etc.' [letter] [On Julian Symons, James Atlas, Kenneth Marshall], London Magazine, 16(3), August-September 1976, pp. 90-92.

'Not Published In Paris' [letter] [On Linda Bridges on Hugh Ford's Published In Paris], National Review, September 3, 1976, pp. 931, 936.

'Laura (Riding) Jackson' [letter], Sunday Telegraph, January 2, 1977, p. 10.

'Letter to the Editor' [On John Appleton on T.S. Matthews], Newsday, March 5, 1978.


'The Question of "Meaning"' [letter] [On Mark Jacobs' review of Selected Poems: In Five Sets], P.N.Review, 17, 1980, p. 3.

'Laura Riding' [letter] [On Julian Symons on Joyce Wexler], Times Literary Supplement, September 12, 1980, p. 995.

[On Julian Symons on Joyce Wexler] [letter], AB Bookman's Weekly, December 1, 1980, p. 3654.

'A Dying Fall: A Lying Word' [letter] [On Dennis Keene's article in PNR 17], P.N.Review, 20, 1981, p. 3.

'Literary Mentioning' [letter] [On Spender on Yeats on Riding], Paris Review, 79, 1981, pp. 301-304.

'Reply' [letter] [On Robert Fraser's review of The Poems Of Laura Riding], English, 31, Spring 1982, pp. 85-90.

'Taking Stock of PN Review' [letter], P.N.Review, 27, 1982, p. 5.

'With Best Love From Laura' [letter] [On Kingsley Amis on Martin Seymour-Smith's Robert Graves ...], The Observer, June 20, 1982.

[Letter] [On Anthony Burgess on Martin Seymour-Smith], Times Literary Supplement, July 16, 1982.

'Progress of Stories' [letter] [On Harry Mathews' review, 'Queen Story'], New York Review of Books, August 12, 1982, p. 48.

'Masculinism' [letter] [On Paul Delany on Martin Seymour-Smith and Paul O'Prey], London Review of Books, August 18, 1982, p. 4.

'Robert Graves' [letter] [On Andrew Motion on Martin Seymour-Smith and Paul O'Prey], Times Higher Education Supplement, September 3, 1982.

[On Jed Rasula's review of The Poems of Laura Riding and Progress of Stories] [letter], Sulfur 8, Fall 1983, pp. 211-212.

[On Benjamin Friedlander, Charles Bernstein, Ezra Pound, and 'Jewishism'] [letter], Sulfur 14, 1985, pp. 148-150.

'[On] the Chelsea Retrospective (1958-83)' [letter], Chelsea 44, 1985, pp. 31-33.

'Robert Graves' [letter] [On Peter Kemp's review of a BBC Bookmark programme], Times Literary Supplement, February 21, 1986.

'Being Selective' [letter] [On current poetry as exemplifying human stasis], P.N.Review, 51, 1986, pp. 3-4.

'Letters of Robert Graves' [letter] [On John Montague's review of Paul O'Prey's 1984 selection], Encounter, 67(5), December 1986, p. 79-80.

'Taking His Measure' [letter] [On John Wain on Richard Perceval Graves], New York Review of Books, September 24, 1987, pp. 59-60.

'Women's Poetry' [letter] [On Avril Horner on Fleur Adcock's Faber Book of 20th Century Women's Poetry], P.N.Review, 61, 1988, p. 5.

D. III. Contributions to Books

'The Quids' [from The Fugitive, 3, 1924], in Contemporary Techniques of Poetry, A Political Analogy, by Robert Graves.-London: Hogarth Press, 1925.-pp. 19-21. (The Hogarth Essays, 8)

'World's End' (from Love As Love, Death As Death [1928]) [poem used as 'introductory motto'], in Good-Bye To All That, by Robert Graves.-London: Cape, 1929.-p. 10; New York: Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1930.-p. [ix]. (Reissued.-London; Toronto: Cape, 1931; New York, Blue Ribbon, 1931)

'World's End' = 'Weltende' [poem used as epigraph, with German paraphrase] in Strich Drunter! [Good-Bye To All That, by Robert Graves, translated into German] von G.M.Treviranus.-Berlin: Transmare Verlag, 1930.

'A Letter' [declining to contribute], in Americans Abroad: an anthology, ed. Peter Neagoe.-The Hague: Servire Press, 1932.-pp. 326-327.

'Preface To These Poems', in The Natural Need, by James Reeves.-Deyá, Majorca: Seizin Press; London: Constable, 1935.-pp. 7-8. ['Preface…' is a poem, from which the book's title is taken]

'In A Café' [reprinted], in transition workshop, ed. Eugene Jolas.-New York: Vanguard Press, 1949.-pp. 114-115.

['The Fable Of The Dice', from Experts Are Puzzled, 1930, with extracts from author's comment of 1971 on the story, here first published; with discussion by Alan Clark] in The Predicament Of Man: An Examination Of Policies For The Future, ed. Maurice Goldsmith.-London: Science Policy Foundation, 1972.-section 5, pp. 12; 16.

[Letters to W.B. Yeats, 1936: 23 April, 29 April, 15 May], in Letters to W.B. Yeats; vol. 2, ed. Richard Finneran, George Mills Harper, William M. Murphy.-London: Macmillan, 1977.-Appendix, pp. 609-611.

'The Word-Play of Gertrude Stein', in Critical Essays on Gertrude Stein, ed. Michael J. Hoffman.-Boston MA: G.K.Hall, 1986.-pp. 240-260.

'Letter' [Jan. 5, 1985] [declining to contribute], in Kanreki: A Tribute To Allen Ginsberg, pt. 2, ed. Bill Morgan.-New York: Lospecchio Press, 1986..-p. 73. [No L.(R.) J. work in pt 1: Best Minds: A Tribute To Allen Ginsberg, ed. Bill Morgan, Bob Rosenthal; same publisher & year]

'In A Café' [reprinted], in In transition: A Paris Anthology; Writing and Art from transition magazine 1927-30, ed. Noel Riley Fitch.-London: Secker & Warburg, 1990.-pp. 182-183.

[On Shakespeare's Sonnet 129], by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, in The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint, by William Shakespeare, ed. Martin Dodsworth.-London: Dent; Rutland VT: Tuttle, 1995.-pp. 179-181. (Everyman Paperbacks)

'World's End' (from Love As Love, Death As Death [1928]) [poem used as 'introductory motto'], in Good-Bye To All That: An Autobiography [1929], by Robert Graves; edited, with a biographical essay and annotations, by Richard Perceval Graves.-Providence RI; Oxford: Berghahn, 1995.-p. 3.

'Mademoiselle Comet' [story; reprinted] in The American Prose Poem: Poetic Form and the Boundaries of Genre, by Michel Delville.-Gainesville FL: University Press of Florida, 1998.-pp. 57-58.

'From The World And Ourselves (1938)' [reprinted], in History In Our Hands: A Critical Anthology of Writings on Literature, Culture and Politics from the 1930s, ed. Patrick Deane.-London; New York: Leicester University Press, 1998.-pp. 245-254.

'From Modernist Poetry 1926' [sic] by Robert Graves and Laura (Riding) Jackson [sic]; 'From The Word 'Woman' 1934-35' [sic] [reprinted], in Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents, ed. Vassiliki Kolocotroni, Jane Goldman, Olga Taxidou.-Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998.-pp. 433-439; 479-485.

[Letters to Donald Gallup 1952-1986; quoted passim], in 'Laura Riding Jackson'[sic], in What Mad Pursuits!: more memories of a Yale librarian, by Donald C. Gallup.-New Haven CT: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 1998.-pp. 143-166.

'The Human and the Universal', in Laura (Riding) Jackson & the Promise of Language: Catalogue of an Exhibition, October 1998-January 1999, by Margaret F. Nichols.-Ithaca NY: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, 1998.-pp. 35-38.

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