Critical and biographical information on Henry Reed, World War II British poet, critic, translator, and radio dramatist — author of "Naming of Parts"
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The Advertisement
Credits for a 1972 production of Reed's translation of The Advertisement, with a excerpt from Ginzburg's On Writing for the Theatre. External link.
This encyclopedic entry has a short biography of Reed, and a bibliography which includes an extensive list of his radio dramas.
Poet Elizabeth Jennings' analysis of Reed's poetry, with a brief biography and a lengthy bibliography.
Major events in Reed's life listed by year, including his publications, travels, and productions of his radio plays and translations.
Reed's obituary, and notice of memorial funeral service.
Reed himself contributed the abbreviated information for his entry in Who's Who.

The Burnt Flower-Bed
This encyclopedic entry has a short biography of Reed, and a bibliography which includes an extensive list of his radio dramas.
Poet Elizabeth Jennings' analysis of Reed's poetry, with a brief biography and a lengthy bibliography.
Reed's 'brief non-critical account of Betti's progress through his quarter-century of playwriting,' with some biographical details of the Italian poet and author.
Major events in Reed's life listed by year, including his publications, travels, and productions of his radio plays and translations.

A By-Election in the Nineties
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.

Corruption in the Palace of Justice
This encyclopedic entry has a short biography of Reed, and a bibliography which includes an extensive list of his radio dramas.
Poet Elizabeth Jennings' analysis of Reed's poetry, with a brief biography and a lengthy bibliography.
Major events in Reed's life listed by year, including his publications, travels, and productions of his radio plays and translations.

Crime on Goat Island
This encyclopedic entry has a short biography of Reed, and a bibliography which includes an extensive list of his radio dramas.
Details of a 1965 Tower Theatre production of Reed's translation of Ugo Betti's play. External link.
Douglas Cleverdon's biographical note, focusing on Reed's radio drama, with a brief bibliography.
Credits for the 1955 New York production of Reed's translation of Ugo Betti's Crime on Goat Island. External link.
Major events in Reed's life listed by year, including his publications, travels, and productions of his radio plays and translations.
Reed himself contributed the abbreviated information for his entry in Who's Who.

Emily Butter
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
Cast and production notes for Reed's operatic radio play, Emily Butter. External link.
An excellent interview with Reed, for a retrospective of the Hilda Tablet series of radio plays.
Short summaries of the seven Hilda Tablet plays, including broadcast dates, music and casting information. External Link.
An introduction to the seven-part cycle of radio plays written by Reed for the BBC between 1953 and 1959. External link.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.

The Great Desire I Had
Douglas Cleverdon's biographical note, focusing on Reed's radio drama, with a brief bibliography.
Reed's foreword to his collection of radio drama The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.

A Hedge, Backwards
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
Dedicatory letter to George D. Painter in the collection Hilda Tablet and Others.
An excellent interview with Reed, for a retrospective of the Hilda Tablet series of radio plays.
Cast and production notes for Reed's radio play A Hedge, Backwards. External link.
Short summaries of the seven Hilda Tablet plays, including broadcast dates, music and casting information. External Link.
An introduction to the seven-part cycle of radio plays written by Reed for the BBC between 1953 and 1959. External link.

Moby Dick
This encyclopedic entry has a short biography of Reed, and a bibliography which includes an extensive list of his radio dramas.
In her review of the American edition of Reed's first volume of poems, Karsell says 'each line in the collection has been cut and finished with precision. One believes that no other form or words could have been used.'
A biography of Reed by poet Jon Stallworthy, with comments on the poems, radio plays, and translations.
Richard Boston's obituary for Reed remembers him as the playwright and the poet.
An excellent interview with Reed, for a retrospective of the Hilda Tablet series of radio plays.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.
A brief biography outlining Reed's radio plays, poetry, and translations.
A short, but admirably thorough biography of Reed, focusing on the Lessons of the War, but also touching on the translations and radio plays.
Reed's preface to his adaptation of Melville's novel for BBC radio.
Reed's obituary, and notice of memorial funeral service.
Reed himself contributed the abbreviated information for his entry in Who's Who.
Biography of Reed, with commentary on his major works and a short bibliography.

The Monument
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
Douglas Cleverdon's biographical note, focusing on Reed's radio drama, with a brief bibliography.
A biography of Reed by poet Jon Stallworthy, with comments on the poems, radio plays, and translations.
Reed's foreword to his collection of radio drama The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.

Musique Discrète
Cast and production credits for Reed's play Musique Discrète. External link.

Not a Drum Was Heard
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
Richard Boston's obituary for Reed remembers him as the playwright and the poet.
An excellent interview with Reed, for a retrospective of the Hilda Tablet series of radio plays.
Short summaries of the seven Hilda Tablet plays, including broadcast dates, music and casting information. External Link.
An introduction to the seven-part cycle of radio plays written by Reed for the BBC between 1953 and 1959. External link.
Cast and production notes for Reed's radio play Not a Drum Was Heard: The War Memoirs of General Gland. External link.

The Primal Scene, As It Were
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
Dedicatory letter to George D. Painter in the collection Hilda Tablet and Others.
Short summaries of the seven Hilda Tablet plays, including broadcast dates, music and casting information. External Link.
An introduction to the seven-part cycle of radio plays written by Reed for the BBC between 1953 and 1959. External link.
Cast and production notes for Reed's radio play The Primal Scene, As It Were. External link.

The Private Life of Hilda Tablet
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
Dedicatory letter to George D. Painter in the collection Hilda Tablet and Others.
A biography of Reed by poet Jon Stallworthy, with comments on the poems, radio plays, and translations.
Richard Boston's obituary for Reed remembers him as the playwright and the poet.
Short summaries of the seven Hilda Tablet plays, including broadcast dates, music and casting information. External Link.
An introduction to the seven-part cycle of radio plays written by Reed for the BBC between 1953 and 1959. External link.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.
This 1992 review of the Collected Poems portrays Reed as an anachronism whose later work could never compare to his 'outstanding' earlier poems.
Cast and production notes for Reed's radio play The Private Life of Hilda Tablet. External link.
A "biographic" piece from the London Times concerning the grande dame's opinions on music, casting, and composing. External link.
Biography of Reed, with commentary on his major works and a short bibliography.

Pytheas
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.

The Queen and the Rebels
Reed's 'brief non-critical account of Betti's progress through his quarter-century of playwriting,' with some biographical details of the Italian poet and author.
Credits for the 1982 New York production of Reed's translation of Ugo Betti's The Queen and the Rebels. External link.
Credits for the 1982 New York production of Reed's translation of Ugo Betti's The Queen and the Rebels.
Major events in Reed's life listed by year, including his publications, travels, and productions of his radio plays and translations.

Return to Naples
A biography of Reed by poet Jon Stallworthy, with comments on the poems, radio plays, and translations.
Reed's foreword to his collection of radio drama The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.
Biography of Reed, with commentary on his major works and a short bibliography.

The Streets of Pompeii
Douglas Cleverdon's biographical note, focusing on Reed's radio drama, with a brief bibliography.
A biography of Reed by poet Jon Stallworthy, with comments on the poems, radio plays, and translations.
Reed's foreword to his collection of radio drama The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio.
An excellent interview with Reed, for a retrospective of the Hilda Tablet series of radio plays.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.
Biography of Reed, with commentary on his major works and a short bibliography.

Summertime
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
This encyclopedic entry has a short biography of Reed, and a bibliography which includes an extensive list of his radio dramas.
Poet Elizabeth Jennings' analysis of Reed's poetry, with a brief biography and a lengthy bibliography.
Reed's 'brief non-critical account of Betti's progress through his quarter-century of playwriting,' with some biographical details of the Italian poet and author.

The Unblest
Douglas Cleverdon's biographical note, focusing on Reed's radio drama, with a brief bibliography.
A biography of Reed by poet Jon Stallworthy, with comments on the poems, radio plays, and translations.
Reed's foreword to his collection of radio drama The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.

A Very Great Man Indeed
"The Radio Plays of Henry Reed," a chapter by Roger Savage, detailing Reed's comedic and dramatic work for the BBC, with a bibliography of his plays.
Dedicatory letter to George D. Painter in the collection Hilda Tablet and Others.
A biography of Reed by poet Jon Stallworthy, with comments on the poems, radio plays, and translations.
Richard Boston's obituary for Reed remembers him as the playwright and the poet.
An excellent interview with Reed, for a retrospective of the Hilda Tablet series of radio plays.
Short summaries of the seven Hilda Tablet plays, including broadcast dates, music and casting information. External Link.
An introduction to the seven-part cycle of radio plays written by Reed for the BBC between 1953 and 1959. External link.
A short, but admirably thorough biography of Reed, focusing on the Lessons of the War, but also touching on the translations and radio plays.
Cast and production credits for Reed's play A Very Great Man Indeed. External link.

Vincenzo
Douglas Cleverdon's biographical note, focusing on Reed's radio drama, with a brief bibliography.
Reed's foreword to his collection of radio drama The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio.
Obituary written by Reed's friend and colleague, Douglas Cleverdon.

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