Documenting the quest to track down everything written by (and written about) the poet, translator, critic, and radio dramatist, Henry Reed.

An obsessive, armchair attempt to assemble a comprehensive bibliography, not just for the work of a poet, but for his entire life.

Read "Naming of Parts."

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Dusty Answer: Young, privileged, earnest Judith falls in love with the family next door.
The Heat of the Day: In wartime London, a woman finds herself caught between two men.
Cold Comfort Farm: Sensible Flora Poste moves in with her eccentric country relatives.




Weblogs, etc.

Posts from August 2005

Reeding Lessons: the Henry Reed research blog



es*qui*val*i*ence |es| >n. the willful avoidance of one's official responsibilities; the shirking of duties: after three subordinates attested to his esquivalience, Lieutenant Claiborne was dismissed.
*an unwillingness to work, esp. as part of a group effort: Bovich was chided by teammates for her esquivalience. *lack of interest or motivation: a teenager's esquivalience is not necessarily symptomatic of depression.
-DERIVATIVES es*qui*val*i*ent adj.; es*qui*val*i*ently adv.
-ORIGIN late 19th cent.: perhaps from French esquiver, "dodge, slink away."
Excellent New Yorker short exposes the practice by Encylopedias and Dictionaries of planting fake entries in their publications to track copycats and protect their copyright. Lillian Mountweazel? Never existed. Esquivalience? Not a real word.

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1511. William Phillips, and Philip Rahv, eds. New Partisan Reader: 1945-1953 London: Andre Deutsch, 1953. 164-171.
Collects Reed's poem, "The Door and the Window," published in the Partisan Review in 1947.

Leaf a Comment

After receiving several emails, but no comment spam whatsoever, I suspected something was brok. En. Why didn't some good web Samaritan mention it?

Commenting should be enabled, fixed, and working. Now, if I could just figure out how to sort my categories by date, then alphabetically.

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1510. Birmingham Post, "The Merchant of Venice," 5 March 1937.
Photograph of Henry Reed with members of the Birmingham University Dramatic Society's (BUDS) production of The Merchant of Venice. Shylock played by Ian Alexander.

1st lesson:

Reed, Henry (1914-1986). Born: Birmingham, England, 22 February 1914; died: London, 8 December 1986.

Education: MA, University of Birmingham, 1936. Served: RAOC, 1941-42; Foreign Office, Bletchley Park, 1942-1945. Freelance writer: BBC Features Department, 1945-1980.

Author of: A Map of Verona: Poems (1946)
The Novel Since 1939 (1946)
Moby Dick: A Play for Radio from Herman Melville's Novel (1947)
Lessons of the War (1970)
Hilda Tablet and Others: Four Pieces for Radio (1971)
The Streets of Pompeii and Other Plays for Radio (1971)
Collected Poems (1991, 2007)
The Auction Sale (2006)



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