The Calendar of Modern Letters

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error


The Calendar of Modern Letters

was a short-lived (1925-27) but vibrant literary review noted both for its exacting critical standards and for publishing new work by leading modern writers. It was founded and edited by the English poet-critic and decorated war-veteran Edgell Rickword (1898-1982), assisted by Douglas Garman and by the Australian poet Bertram Higgins, with financial backing from Garman’s friend Ernest Wishart. All four were still in their twenties, their values allied to those of the literary war generation: Rickword, a minor war poet himself, had been befriended by Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, both of whom contributed new poems to the


’s first number. Rickword’s group, soon joined by the Scottish poet Edwin Muir, admired the new literary-critical…

610 words

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "The Calendar of Modern Letters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 March 2021 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

19621 The Calendar of Modern Letters 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.