Books: Meet Mr. Hodgson

How delightful to meet Mr. Hodgson!

(Everyone wants to know him)—With his musical sound And his Baskerville Hound . . .

-T. S. Eliot

Who was Mr. Hodgson? In London, before World War I, Ralph Hodgson was known to a small, bright circle as a Yorkshireman who loved good talk, bred fine dogs and wrote remarkable poetry. He made his living as an editor, newspaper draftsman, publisher of broadsides and chapbooks. But his heart was in his clear, spare, melodic verse about nature. He was 46 when he published the thin volume entitled Poems (1917),...

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