Left Review appeared for forty-four monthly issues between 1934 and
1938, produced by a group of volunteer poets, novelists and critics.
However exciting it may have been as literary criticism, it can also be
seen as a model of cultural democracy. The general notion of how
culture and politics come together often does not extend beyond the
recruitment of prominent cultural figures to endorse political positions.
Left Review’s editors had a more fundamental concern and were
constructing a relationship between politics and culture that was
active; through their activity as writers, of both imaginative writing
and critical commentary, they were contributing to social change –
they were not just interpreting the world but helping to change it. That
meant a serious rethinking of the nature of literature and also of the
nature of political processes.