Hope Mirrlees

(Helen) Hope Mirrlees (8 April 1887 – 1 August 1978) was a British translator, poet and novelist. She is best known for the 1926 Lud-in-the-Mist, a fantasy novel and influential classic, and for Paris: A Poem, a modernist poem that critic Julia Briggs deemed “modernism’s lost masterpiece, a work of extraordinary energy and intensity, scope and ambition.”

Books in order of publication:


  • Madeleine: One of Love’s Jansenists, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd (1919)
  • The Counterplot, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd (1924)
  • Lud-in-the-Mist (1926)


  • Paris: A Poem, Hogarth Press (1919)
  • Poems, Cape Town, Gothic (1963)
  • Moods and Tensions: Poems (1976)
  • “Collected Poems of Hope Mirrlees” (2011), edited by Sandeep Parmar


  • “Listening in to the Past”, in The Nation & Athenaeum, 11 September (1926)
  • “The Religion of Women”, in The Nation & Athenaeum, 28 May (1927)
  • “Gothic Dreams”, in The Nation & Athenaeum, 3 March (1928)
  • “Bedside Books”, in Life and Letters, December (1928)
  • A Fly in Amber: Being an Extravagant Biography of the Romantic Antiquary Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1962)
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