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A PUBLIC SERVANT by R. J. P. HEWISON Of erudition full, with due degrees, He wore his learning with conspicuous case; And, that no hint of don in him he found, Pressed both feet firmly on pragmatic ground. Pest-master of the bureaucratic craft— The minute, memorandum, précis, draft, The marginally annotated sneer, When to write […]


           May 13, 1922 IN DEFENCE “THE BEGGAR’S OPERA,” said Mr. Maurice Hewlett in the Times the other day, “is a decadent night’s entertainment, spiced for jaded appetites, like devilled bones after a revel.” It is strange how deeply one resents such a criticism. It is a criticism it might have […]


May 19, 1923 IN DEFENSE OF A MODERATELY HIGH BROW   By ROBERT LYND It is not at all easy to defend one’s tastes against people who read the books that everybody is reading. They are offended if one refuses to read the books; they are still more deeply offended if one reads them and […]

An Irish Cavalier

The Bookman – Aug 1912 An Irish Cavalier * “The Life of James, Duke of Ormonde,” by Lady Burghclere.     Lady Burghclere has written a most attractive biography. It would be pleasant to add that she has written a fresh and judicial history ; but it would not be true. She has attempted to give […]

New Poets

New Poets By ROBERT LYND Reviewing: “Insurrections.” By James Stephens, Is. net. (Maunsel.)—” The Mountainy Singer.” By Seosemh MacCathmhaoil. 2s. 6d. net. (Maunsel.)—” Between-Time Poems.” By Oliver Davies. 3s. 6d. net. (Lane.)—” The Golden Treasury of Australian Verse.” Edited by Bertram Stevens. 5s. net. (Macmillan.) Read Full Review: New Poets (PDF)

Literary Reality

Literary Reality (1915) By ROBERT LYND     I read a preface the other day in which the writer, in a happy phrase, spoke of the “literary reality” of Dickens’s characters. Dickens claimed for his characters something more than that. He was not content that they should be real people in literature: he was anxious that […]

Selected Essays by robert lynd (1923)

Selected Essays (1923) A choice by the author selected from his 10 then published collections. Chosen by Mr. Lynd himself.       ‘Y.Y.’: an anthology of essays, selected with an introduction by E. Squire. (1933)       Further Essays of Robert Lynd (1942) The content of this book is the same as ‘I Tremble To […]