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11.12.2017


Fuller Says to Symons

Roy Fuller was a British poet and novelist, born in 1912, who was trained as a solictor, and worked most of his life for a home mortage company, the Woolwich Equitable Building Society. During World War II, Fuller served with the Royal Navy. Fuller's name often comes up as one of the most significant English poets of WWII. His books of poetry include Poems (1939), The Middle of a War (1942), A Lost Season (1944), Epitaphs and Occasions (1949), Counterparts (1954), and Brutus's Orchard (1957).

The Cushing Memorial Library, which houses Texas A&M University Archives, Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, has a collection of Roy Fuller's correspondence with Julian Symons and Jack Clark, from 1937-1992.

Julian Symons was a British novelist, historian, critic, and poet (also born in 1912), best known for his crime and detective fiction. He founded and edited the literary journal Twentieth Century Verse, and wrote biographies of (among others) Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This, despite having left school at 14. Symons reviewed Reed's Collected Poems in 1991 for the Times Literary Supplement.

Box 1, folder 1480 of the Roy Fuller Correspondence contains a wartime letter which mentions Henry Reed:
1-1480: RF to Julian Symons. ALS, 1 leaf. Re: Henry Reed, visit to London, photograph to be made, illness. June 16, 1944.
What is the mysterious "Re:" in reference to? Did Fuller meet Reed? Did Symons? Did they correspond? In 1944 Reed would have still been with the Foreign Office at Bletchley Park, but it seems perfectly reasonable they could have met up in London.

There's an excellent article on Fuller's early poetry in Poetry Nation, no. 6 (1976).

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What is Henry Reed's first name?

1513. Hodge, Alan. "Thunder on the Right." Tribune (London), 14 June 1946, 15.
Hodge finds 'dry charm as well as quiet wit' in "Judging Distances," but overall feels Reed is 'diffuse and not sufficiently accomplished.'



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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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