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Laura Riding

Laura Riding was as known in literary circles for her tumultuous personal life as for her exceptional poetry, regularly changing her name to mark transformative moments in her life. Born Laura Reichenthal, Riding studied at Cornell before marrying history professor Louis Gottschalk and moving to Illinois and Kentucky with him. In 1926, a year after her divorce, she published her first poetry collection, The Close Chaplet, and moved to England, where she lived with Robert Graves and his family. In 1929 she attempted suicide, Graves abandoned his wife, and Riding and Graves resettled in Majorca, where they ran Seizin Press, published a journal called Epilogue, and collaborated on A Survey of Modern Poetry. Riding wrote prolifically until 1941, when she renounced poetry. At the dawn of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Graves and Riding returned to the US and separated, and Riding married Schuyler Jackson, poetry reviewer for Time magazine. The couple ran a citrus farm in Florida and collaborated on a dictionary until Jackson’s death in 1968. In the 1970s and 1980s Riding returned to writing both critical essays and revised editions of her poetry.

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Laura Riding.

Courtesy of Poets.org.

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Poet, Publisher, Writer

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Laura Riding." (Viewed on June 26, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/riding-laura>.

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