Alan Clodd

Harold Alexander Clodd (22 May 1918 – 24 December 2002), generally known as Alan Clodd, was an Irish publisher, book collector, and dealer.[1] Edward Clodd was his grandfather. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Clodd went to Bishop's Stortford College and later worked with the insurance firm Scottish Widows. During World War II he was a conscientious objector and worked with the Friends Ambulance Unit in Egypt and with UNRRA in Italy. He returned to London and first worked for an Oxford Street bookshop, then for five years at the London Library. This was followed by a series of clerical jobs and finally, a career in book publishing. Alan Clodd retired from publishing in 1987, and died in 2002 in London.

In the 1950s and early 1960s Clodd published poetry pamphlets by Christopher Logue, Ronald Firbank, and Kathleen Raine. In 1967 he founded the Enitharmon Press. The name came from a character (Enitharmon) by William Blake. The pressmark came from a William Blake woodcut.[2] The Enitharmon Press revived interest in Frances Bellerby, Hugo Manning,[3][4] and John Heath-Stubbs. Alongside the familiar names of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Federico García Lorca, Harold Pinter, Kathleen Raine, and Vernon Watkins, the Press also introduced Frances Horovitz, Jeremy Hooker, Jeremy Reed, Richard Burns, David Gascoyne and Peter Russell. The Press had published nearly 150 titles, before being passed on to Stephen Stuart-Smith.


During the 1950s Clodd began to collect books. His collection was strong in the Victorian and Edwardian authors who were contemporaries of his grandfather. He was also a collector of First World War poets: Edward Thomas, Ivor Gurney, Siegfried Sassoon, and David Jones, and other authors like Christopher Isherwood, W. H. Auden, Edward Upward, and Evelyn Waugh. He had almost every publication by T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, as well as books by James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney. Many of the books were inscribed. His collection was catalogued and dispersed by the bookselling firm Maggs Bros Ltd of London.


  1. ^ Stuart-Smith, Stephen (2002-12-26). "Alan Clodd". The Independent, London. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  2. ^ Enitharmon press website. (accessed 22 February 2008)
  3. ^ Portrait of Hugo Manning, on the James Hyman Gallery website Manning was poetry editor of the New Statesman,
    (last accessed 22 February 2008)
  4. ^ The papers of Hugo Manning (1913-1977) are in Austin TX at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center,
    (accessed 22 February 2008)

Further readingEdit

  • Reed, Jeremy (2003) Elegy for Alan Clodd. London: Enitharmon Press
  • Walker, Alan, comp. (2004) Enitharmon Press: a checklist, 1987-2002. London: Enitharmon Press ISBN 1-900564-59-9