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J. C. Squire

(1884—1958) poet and literary editor


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(1884–1958),

a highly influential literary journalist and essayist, a skilful parodist, and poet. He established the London Mercury in 1919, and as sometime literary editor of the New Statesmen and chief literary critic of the Observer he exercised considerable power. In the 1920s and 1930s he and his friends formed a literary establishment which was violently opposed by the Sitwells and the Bloomsbury Group, known as ‘the Squirearchy’. Squire edited several anthologies, including A Book of Women's Verse (1921) and The Comic Muse (1925), and three volumes of Selections from Modern Poets (1921–34). His Collected Poems, edited by Betjeman, were published posthumously in 1959.

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