The Modernist Movement flourished due to enlightened editors and critics as well as innovative writers. Helen Smith’s The Uncommon Reader is an absorbing portrait of Edward Garnett (father of David Garnett) who, in his role as critic and publisher’s reader, was responsible for nurturing the talents of a constellation of our greatest authors. The book brings to life his intimate and sometimes stormy relationships with writers such as Joseph Conrad and D.H. Lawrence. Bill Goldstein’s The World Broke in Two sheds light on the intertwined lives of Woolf, Eliot, Forster and Lawrence and their extraordinary literary achievements in 1922, which he regards as the birth year of Modernism. They discuss the interplay of writers and critics in the history of Modernism with Frances Spalding, art historian and biographer.