Harold Edward Monro (1879-1932) founded Samurai Press, founded and edited the
Poetry Review (1912),
Poetry and Drama (1913-14) and the
Monthly Chapbook (1919), and founded the Poetry Bookshop (1913). Although he is better known as an editor than a poet, he wrote and published
poetry as well. The collection contains correspondence relating to the Poetry Bookshop and literary circles in London with
which Harold Monro was associated as well as manuscripts by Monro and a few manuscripts of other authors.
Harold Edward Monro was born on March 14, 1879, St. Gilles, Belgium; educated at Radley, 1892-96, and Cambridge, 1898-1901;
married Dorothy Elizabeth Browne, 1903; founded Samurai Press and published first book, Proposals for a Voluntary Nobility (1907); moved to London, 1911; founded and edited the Poetry Review, 1912; founded the Poetry Bookshop, 1913, where he met Alida Klementaski, who later became his second wife after his first
marriage was dissolved in 1916; began poetry readings at Poetry Bookshop which continued up through the time of Monro's death;
founded and edited Poetry and Drama (1913-14) and the Monthly Chapbook (1919); although better known as an editor than a poet, he continued to write and publish poetry, and The Collected Poems of Harold Monro was published in 1933; died after an extended illness, 1932.
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