Clifford Sharp

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Clifford Dyce Sharp (1883–1935)[1][2] was a British journalist. He was the first editor of the New Statesman magazine from its foundation in 1913 until 1928; a left-wing magazine founded by Sidney and Beatrice Webb and other members of the socialist Fabian Society. He had previously edited The Crusade.

In World War I he was a "fierce opponent" of the war and was so irksome to the Government that David Lloyd George personally arranged his conscription into the Royal Artillery. He was rescued by recruitment to the Foreign Office, and was sent to neutral Sweden, in association with Arthur Ransome.[3]

In 1909 Sharp married Rosamund Bland, who was the adopted daughter of Edith Nesbit, the author of The Railway Children, and the natural daughter of Nesbit's husband Hubert Bland. [4]


  1. ^ Adrian Smith, The New Statesman: Portrait of a Political Weekly, 1913-1931. London, Frank Cass, 1996 . ISBN 0714646458 (p. 284)
  2. ^ Anne Jackson Fremantle, This Little Band of Prophets: The British Fabians. New American Library, 1960 (p. 303)
  3. ^ Ronald Chambers (2009). The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome. faber and faber, London. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-571-22261-2.
  4. ^ Nesbit, E. (Edith) (1858-1924)[permanent dead link] at the Modernist Journals Project
Media offices
Preceded by
Editor of the New Statesman
Succeeded by
Charles Mostyn Lloyd