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Laura Riding is known primarily as a modernist poet, with her reputation being established in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Her work with Robert Graves on modernism, A Survey of Modernist Poetry (1927), was a significant statement on the theory of modernist poetry, influenced such critics as William Empson, and raised important questions for postmodernism. Other important theoretical statements were Anarchism Is Not Enough and Contemporaries and Snobs, both published in 1928.
In the 1930’s, Riding turned increasingly to fiction writing, producing A Trojan Ending (1937, 1984). After she renounced poetry in 1939, she wrote little, but worked on a mammoth project with Schuyler Jackson on the nature of meaning and language. This was published posthumously in 1997 as Rational Meaning: A New Foundation for the Definition of Words, and Supplementary Essays (edited by William Harmon) and was followed by The Failure of Poetry, the Promise of Language in 2007 (edited by John Nolan).