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date: 14 June 2024

Jackson, Laura Ridinglocked

Jackson, Laura Ridinglocked

  • Anett Jessop


Laura Riding Jackson, a prolific author of poetry, fiction, and critical essays, as well as an editor and publisher, was a formative and original contributor to literary modernism who was lost to academic history after World War II due in good part to her own efforts. Both radical and conservative, Riding espoused a rigorous moral aesthetic, founded in language and stored in a formulary where the creative insights of the sovereign self would beget poetry, would reveal truth. In the early 1940s, at the height of her career, she abruptly withdrew from literary circles and took critical injunction against her own ambitions and her poetry's promise. Through the ensuing two decades Riding repulsed efforts to republish or anthologize her poetry and rejected (in private correspondence and public editorials) critical evaluations of her work, thereby assuring her dispossession. Since her death in 1991, now that her manuscripts and papers are archived in major university collections and her final opus has been published posthumously, reclamation efforts are under way to assess her contribution to the Anglo-American vanguard and her influence on mainstream movements.


  • North American Literatures

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