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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Henry Reed, ca. 1960



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.
The Dog Stars: A man, his dog, and an airplane survive an apocalyptic flu.




Weblogs, etc.

Posts from August 2008

Reeding Lessons: the Henry Reed research blog


Block B, Hut 4, Bletchley

My friend the Webrarian has posted some snapshots from a recent visit to Bletchley Park: photographs of master personnel lists, the names and locations of cryptographers, mathematicians, WRNS, and support staff who worked at Bletchley between 1939 and 1945. And who should we find, of course, but one Reed, H. (Henry)! Click to see the images on Flickr:

Bletchley personnel

Reed, H. Henry. T.S.A.O. (D). Block B(N). Hut 4(WS).

Bletchley personnel

Can we assume that the (N) after Block B is for "Naval"? But what does the mysterious T.S.A.O. (D) stand for? "T" for translator? And what's (WS)?

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1506. MacGregor-Hastie, Roy. "The Poet in His Workshop: No 4—The Great Unclassified." Arena 48 (March 1958): 10-13 [12-13].
MacGregor-Hastie shows great respect for Reed in this series on the state of poetry (but little regard for the poets of the 'Thirties).

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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