Old and New Masters (Paperback)
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781495901799, 188pp.
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
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Old and New Masters - By Robert Lynd. Old and New Masters was written by Robert Lund in 1919. Each sketch gives insight into the genus of the author and gives the reader a glimpse into the workings of the author's mind. Lynd has written sketches on Dostoevsky, Jane Austen, G K Chesterton, Wordsworth, Keats, Henry James, Drowning, J M Synge, Villon, Pope, James Flecker, Turgenev, Strindberg, Rossetti, Shaw etc.. Robert Wilson Lynd (Irish: Roib ard Floinn, 20 April 1879 - 6 October 1949) was an Irish writer, an urbane literary essayist and strong Irish nationalist. He was born in Belfast and educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, studying at Queen's University. His background was Protestant, his father being a Presbyterian Church Moderator. He began as a journalist on "The Northern Whig" in Belfast. He moved to London in 1901, via Manchester, sharing accommodation with his friend the artist Paul Henry. Firstly he wrote drama criticism, for "Today", edited by Jerome K. Jerome. He also wrote for the "Daily News" (later the News Chronicle), being its literary editor 1912 to 1947. He settled in Hampstead, in Keats Grove near the John Keats house. The Lynds were well known as literary hosts, in the group including J. B. Priestley. They were on good terms also with Hugh Walpole; Priestley, Walpole and Sylvia Lynd were founding committee members of the Book Society. Irish guests included James Joyce and James Stephens. On one occasion reported by Victor Gollancz, Joyce intoned Anna Livia Plurabelle to his own piano accompaniment. He used the pseudonym Y.Y. (Ys, or wise) in writing for the New Statesman. According to C. H. Rolph's Kingsley (1973), Lynd's weekly essay, which ran from 1913 to 1945, was 'irreplaceable'. In 1941, editor Kingsley Martin decided to alternate it with pieces by James Bridie on Ireland, but the experiment was not at all a success. Lynd died in 1949 and is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.