“Emma Tennant's memoir reads like the account of a young girl's dream––a castle, secret rooms, overheard conversations, a brilliant harried prime minister and his formidable wife, Margot Asquith, as well as an entire generation of prince charmings alive, one moment, on old lawns, and next gone in the First War, ghosts in the attics.”
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."