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The Seizin Press was a small press, founded in 1927 by Laura Riding and Robert Graves [1] [2] in London from 1928 until 1935. [3] From 1930 it was based in Majorca.

Small press publisher with low annual sales revenue and/or few titles

A small press is a publisher with annual sales below a certain level or below a certain number of titles published. The terms "indie publisher" and "independent press" and others are sometimes used interchangeably.

Laura Riding Jackson was an American poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer.

Robert Graves English poet and novelist

Robert von Ranke Graves was a British poet, historical novelist, critic, and classicist. His father was Alfred Perceval Graves, a celebrated Irish poet and figure in the Gaelic revival; they were both Celticists and students of Irish mythology. Graves produced more than 140 works. Graves's poems—together with his translations and innovative analysis and interpretations of the Greek myths; his memoir of his early life, including his role in World War I, Good-Bye to All That; and his speculative study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddess—have never been out of print.

Besides work by Graves and Riding, the Seizin Press published works by Gertrude Stein, Len Lye, Honor Wyatt and James Reeves. It ceased on the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War; during the 1980s, a "New Seizin Press" was operated by an acquaintance of Graves. [4]

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Leonard Charles Huia Lye was a New Zealand artist known primarily for his experimental films and kinetic sculpture. His films are held in archives including the New Zealand Film Archive, British Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Pacific Film Archive at University of California, Berkeley. Lye's sculptures are found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Berkeley Art Museum. Although he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1950, much of his work went to New Zealand after his death, where it is housed at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.

Honor Wyatt was an English journalist and radio presenter, known for her association with Barbara Pym, Robert Graves and Laura Riding as well as for her own work. She was the mother of the actor Julian Glover and the musician Robert Wyatt.

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Alan Hodge was an English historian and journalist. He was a member of the circle of writers and artists that centred on Laura Riding and Robert Graves in the late 1930s, and later collaborated with Graves on The Long Week-End, a social history of Britain between the wars, and The Reader Over Your Shoulder, a guide to writing English prose. After the Second World War he worked as the general editor of Hamish Hamilton's Novel Library, as an editorial assistant on Winston Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples, and as a founding co-editor of the successful magazine History Today.


  1. George Watson; Ian R. Willison (1972). The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. CUP Archive. p. 98. GGKEY:64CF45KC7C0.
  2. Thomas Stanley Matthews (1979). Under the Influence: Recollections of Robert Graves, Laura Riding, and Friends. Cassell. p. 147.
  3. Sandra Kirshenbaum (1988). Fine Print. S. Kirshenbaum. p. 42.
  4. Bartkowiaks forum book art 2005/2006. Bartkowiaks forum book art. p. 87. ISBN   978-3-935462-04-4.