David Gascoyne's Paris Journal 1937/9 was acclaimed by the critics when we published it in 1978; by a remarkable coincidence an earlier long-lost journal has also come to light for the period immediately preceding the former one. For this new journal the author has written a long introduction describing among much else his involvement with Mass-Observation and an account of his visit to Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. Also reprinted for the first time are his only published short story Death of an Explorer , and his essay on the Russian philosopher Leon Chestov.
'... Grant us extraordinary grace, O Spirit hidden in the dark in us and deep, And bring to light the dream out of our sleep.' from 'Kyrie' (Selected Poems) David Gascoyne's death in November 2001 was marked by the lead obituaries in all the British broadsheets as well as in Le Monde. As a poet and translator he had been internationally renowned since the 1930s. He was the first chronicler in English of the Surrealist movement, and an essayist and reviewer of dazzling range. His association with Enitharmon Press dates back to 1970 and in the past decade there have been eight publications which will be a lasting testament of his importance.