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«  Thus Spake Stallworthy  »

Reeding Lessons: the Henry Reed research blog

11.12.2017


Thus Spake Stallworthy

So, I subscribe to a Google Alert which automatically emails me once a week to notify me of any new news or webpages containing certain pertinent keywords. I've discovered, however, that due to the lag in Google's indexing, that once per week is not enough. The only Henry Reed event so far this century completely slipped my notice.

The 18th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival was held in Suffolk, November 3rd - 5th, 2006. Among others, the programme featured Nick Laird, Sharon Olds, Alastair Reid, Philip Levine (who canceled, apparently), and Jon Stallworthy (pic). Stallworthy delivered a lecture on Yeats, as well as a talk entitled "Henry Reed — The One Poem Poet?"

Suffice to say, I'm rescheduling my alerts to check once per day, so I don't get news that's already two weeks old. Didn't anyone who attended blog about it, for Pete's sake?


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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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