Robert Lynd - Essay

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Robert Wilson lynd [pic] Born in Belfast and educated at R.B.A.I. and the then Queen 's College, where he studied classics. He worked briefly for The Northern Whig before moving to Manchester and then to London as a free-lance journalist. In the capital he shared a flat with the artist Paul Henry (q.v.), with whom he had graduated. Lynd became a staff writer for the Daily News (later the News Chronicle) and from 1912 to 1947 was its literary editor. He also wrote for the Nation, and - under the pseudonym of Y. Y. - contributed, from 1913 to 1945, a weekly literary essay to the New Statesman. In politics he was a socialist and adherent of Sinn Fein and the Gaelic League; he also edited some of the works of James Connolly.…show more content…
Robert Lynd 's essays have been published in many collections and have been listed reading for students of English in universities and colleges all over the world. Some years ago The Belfast Telegraph noted with some little pride that one collection, The Blue Lion and other Essays, had been published in Japan, with an introduction in Japanese, for inclusion in the English courses in the Japanese universities. If Lynd had been alive then he might have written an essay with a title such as On Being Published in Japan or something like that. Like Samuel Johnson, who was his favourite writer, he had always something to say, whatever the subject. Of all the essays written by Robert Lynd it would be difficult to chose one more than another. Every reader would have his or her favourites. One of the best is perhaps an essay entitled Un-English. This is about two Dutch seamen who went ashore when their ship was berthed in Belfast and got into a fight with some of the locals in a dance hall. They were arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour. 'Their disorderly behaviour ', wrote Lynd, 'took the form not only of fighting with people but also of biting them. ' Next morning, when the captain of the Dutch ship appeared in court to plead for his men and to translate their evidence, the magistrate, who was a most grave person, said he would like to impress
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