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PREFACE

THIS book reprints the larger edition, with one omission : the text of our local pageant. It includes about eighty articles, essays, reviews, poems, etc., chosen out of a number of contributions to various periodicals, and are all written before the present war. They are arranged not in their order of composition but according to subjects. They fall into four sections.
(i) A commentary on passing events. This section is prefaced by some remarks on the English character, criticizes a few of our aims and diversions, and concludes with a speech which was delivered five years ago to an international congress of writers at Paris.
(ii) Literary criticism. This deals with some creative writers, mainly my contemporaries, whom I have admired or loved. The short prefatory essay answers the question, ` What use is literature to-day ? ' as well as I can answer it. I know that there are other answers.
(iii) The past. Beginning with a few reflections upon the consolations of history, I proceed to angle in the stream, and draw out of it objects ranging in date from a Greek toilet-case to a house which once belonged to my great-grandfather.
(iv) The East. The fourth section, after saluting the Orient, strays from the nearer east on the tracks of the Emperor Babur into India, and comes to rest there in the Bhagavad-Gita.
As regards the title, relatives of mine have been connected with Abinger, a village in Surrey, for nearly sixty years, and I have known the place all my life myself, so the name Abinger Harvest suggested itself, as possible for the whole collection. Something is not quite right with this title, but no one could hit on a better, and it is at all events supported by the respectable precedents of Winterslow and Walden.
Acknowledgements. Thanks are due to the editors of the following periodicals for allowing republication : the Atlantic Monthly, the Calendar, the Egyptian Mail, the Independent Review, Life and Letters, the Listener, the London Mercury, the New Criterion, the New Leader, the New Statesman (incorporating the Athenaeum and the Nation), the New Weekly, the Oxford and Cambridge Review, the Spectator, Time and Tide, the Times Literary Supplement. My relationship with editors has almost invariably been friendly, and it is a great pleasure to record this.
As for dedication. A miscellany can have no value as an offering. All the same, I should like to offer this one to some of the friends in a younger generation who have encouraged me to compile it ; most particularly to William Plomer, and also to j. R. Ackerley, R. J. Buckingham, and Christopher Isherwood.
ABINGER HAMMER.
October, 1940.

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