Rickword, John Edgell

(1898-1982)
   Born in Colchester, Essex, he joined the Artists Rifles in 1916 and saw active service as an officer with the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was invalided out of the army after the Armistice and was awarded the Military Cross. He went up to Pembroke College, Oxford in 1919, but stayed only four terms, reading French literature, and leaving when he married. He became a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman. He founded the literary review Calendar of Modern Letters, which ran from 1925 to 1927. In the 1930s he joined the Communist Party of Great Britain and was politically active during the period of the Spanish Civil War. From 1944 to 1947 he was the editor of the Communist review Our Time. Some of his poetry publications: Behind the Eyes, 1921. Rimbaud: The Boy and the Poet, 1924. Invocation to Angels, 1928. Collected Poems, 1947. Twittingpan and Some Others, 1981. Some of his poems: "Complaint after PsychoAnalysis," "Cosmogony," "The Cascade," "The Contemporary Muse," "The Encounter," "The Handmaid of Religion," "The Soldier Addresses his Body," "Trench Poets," "Winter Warfare."
   Sources: Biography of Edgell Rickword (http://encyclopedie-en.snyke.com/articles/edgell_rickword.html). Oldpoetry (www.oldpoetry.com). Peace and War: A Collection of Poems. Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark, eds. Oxford University Press, 1989. Poetry Nation: A Conversation with Edgell Rickword (http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk/magazine/record.asp?id=1920). Portraits of Poets. Sebastian Barker, ed. Carcanet, 1986. The Chatto Book of Modern Poetry 1915-1955. Cecil Day Lewis and John Lehmann, eds. Chatto and Windus, 1966. The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Devil's Book of Verse: Masters of the Poison Pen from Ancient Times to the Present Day. Richard Conniff, ed. Dodd, Mead, 1983. The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Verse. John Heath-Stubbs and David Wright, eds. Faber and Faber, 1975. The Oxford Book of Satirical Verse. Geoffrey Grigson, ed. Oxford University Press, 1980. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry. Jon Silkin, ed. Penguin Books, 1979.

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