Riding, Laura, 1901-1991

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Laura Riding, American writer, was born in New York and educated at Brooklyn High and Cornell Univ. She began writing poetry while in college and her early poems appeared in, The fugitive (edited by Allen Tate and Robert Warren), as well as Harriet Monroe's, Poetry (a magazine). In 1926, she published her first volume of poetry, The close chaplet. Riding has written and published criticism, essays, a journal, poetry, novels and short stories. She also ran the Seizin Press for some time. Her Collected poems (1938) were reprinted in 1980.

From the description of Letter, 1972. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122594053

Laura Riding was an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and novelist.

From the description of Laura Riding collection of papers, 1927-1989. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122686837

Laura Riding was an American poet, critic, editor and fiction writer. She was born in New York of American-Austrian descent and educated in Brooklyn and at Cornell University. She lived in England and other countries in Europe from 1925 to 1939, during which time she wrote "A Survey of Modernistic Poetry" and "A Pamphlet Against Anthologies", both in collaboration with Robert Graves, and "Collected Poems" and "Lives of Wives". She returned to the United States in 1939 and from 1941, when she married Schuyler Jackson, worked with his to produce a dictionary on original lines. As Laura Riding Jackson, she produced "The Telling" (1972).

From the description of Laura Riding collection. [ca1960-1973]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 651604418

American-born author Laura Riding was a unique personality. She is perhaps best known for her complex, modernist poetry, which she pursued as an exercise in truth and a method for articulating the mind's self-awareness. She had a long association with and significant influence on author Robert Graves. After her marriage to Schuyler Jackson, she renounced poetry for linguistics; she insisted on being known as Laura (Riding) Jackson from this time. Although she has resisted anthologies, her poems, while difficult, are rewarding and influential.

From the description of Laura Riding letters, 1938-1978. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 56194013

American author.

She was married to Schuyler G. Jackson and sometimes published as Laura (Riding) Jackson. She worked with Robert Graves as a partner on the Seizin Press, London.

From the description of Letters, 1931-1977. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309771715

Laura (Riding) Jackson (January 16, 1901-September 2, 1991) was a poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer. Born to Austrian Jewish immigrant parents in New York as Laura Reichenthal and educated at Cornell University, she first published poetry in 1923 as Laura Riding Gottschalk. Her poetry gained attention and she became associated with a Southern group of writers, the Fugitives. Her marriage to historian Louis Gottschalk ended in divorce in 1925.

The Close Chaplet, her first collection of poetry, was published in 1926; the following year she assumed the surname Riding. She traveled to England at the invitation of Robert Graves and his wife Nancy Nicholson to remain in Europe for fourteen years (1926-1939). While still in London, Riding and Graves founded the Seizin Press, and collaborated on A Survey of Modernist Poetry (1927), which revealed ideas for a close textual analysis influencing the development of New Criticism; A Pamphlet Against Anthologies (1928); and other works. During this period, she also wrote under the pseudonym “Barbara Rich”. In Majorca they expanded the work and scope of the Seizin Press and produced the magazine, Epilogue (1935-1938). Soon after arriving in the United States in 1939, they parted. Riding married Schuyler B. Jackson in 1941. They each produced volumes of collected poems in 1938 and worked together on lexicographical studies until his death in 1968. Riding was influenced by neo-Romantic views of the metaphysical nature of poetry, but after World War II she abandoned poetry for prose writing. She published short stories and essays after this period, including Progress of Stories, although her main focus was on philosophy and linguistics.

From the guide to the Laura Riding (Jackson) Collection, 1926-1966, (Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections)

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referencedIn James B. Pinker and Son correspondence concerning John Galsworthy, 1901-1946. Houghton Library
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creatorOf Riding, Laura, 1901-1991. Laura Riding collection. [ca1960-1973]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Laura Riding (Jackson) Collection, 1926-1966 Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
referencedIn Julian Symons collection of papers, 1929]-1967 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
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referencedIn Papers, 1831-1835, 1916-2002 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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referencedIn James B. Pinker and Son collection of papers, 1893-1940 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
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referencedIn Schneider, Isidor, b. 1896. Papers, 1925-1975. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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referencedIn Robert A. Wilson collection, 1906-2011 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
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Birth 1901

Death 1991


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