Critical and biographical information on Henry Reed, World War II British poet, critic, translator, and radio dramatist — author of "Naming of Parts"
Henry Reed, poet and radio dramatist
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"Reed, Henry." Who's Who 1987-1988. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987. 1456.

REED, Henry; poet, radio-dramatist, translator; b 22 Feb. 1914; s of late Henry Reed and late Mary Ann Ball; unmarried. Educ: King Edward VI Sch., Aston, Birmingham; Birmingham Univ (BA 1st cl. Hons Lang. and Lit., 1934; Charles Grant Robertson Scholar, 1934; MA 1936). From then on, verse and journalism. Taught for a year before call-up in 1941; served (or rather studied in Army, 1941—42; transf. to Naval Intelligence, FO, 1942—45; released VJ day, 1945; recalled to Army, 1945; did not go, 1945; matter silently dropped, 1945. During war continued to write and publish verse and book-reviews; began occasional broadcasting; began writing radio-plays, 1946 (Premio della Radio Italiana, 1953), and doing much translation from Italian and French. Academic appts at Univ. of Washington, Seattle: Vis. Prof. of Poetry, winter quarter 1964; Asst Prof. of English, 1965-66; Vis. Prof. of Poetry, winter quarter 1967. Pye gold award (Soc. of Authors), 1979. Publications: A Map of Verona (poems), 1946, enl. edn NY 1948; Moby Dick (radio-version in prose and verse of Melville's novel), 1947; The Novel since 1939 (British Council booklet), 1947; The Lessons of the War (poems), 1970; Hilda Tablet and others, 1971; The Streets of Pompeii and other plays for radio, 1971. Numerous published translations include: Paride Rombi: Perdu and his Father (novel), 1954; Ugo Betti: Three Plays (with foreword), 1956, NY 1958; Ugo Betti: Crime on Goat Island, 1961 (staged NY 1960); Dino Buzzati: Larger than Life (novel), 1962; Balzac: Père Goriot, NY 1962; Balzac: Eugénie Grandet, NY 1964; Natalia Ginzburg: The Advertisement (play), 1969 (Nat. Theatre 1969). Address: c/o Messrs Jonathan Cape Ltd, 32 Bedford Square, WC1. Club: Savile.



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