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.

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I Capture the Castle: A girl and her family struggle to make ends meet in an old English castle.
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.




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Posts from June 2006

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I had a couple of unexpected days off last week, owing to construction going on at the library where I work. I planned to use one of these gifted days to drive down to the libraries at Duke University, and wallow, neck-deep, in their magnificently complete journal collections. Even better than UVA's, in my opinion. I still have a ton of outstanding, unseen articles to check: undiscovered countries.

Then, my little tuxedoed cat fell ill.

I've always told the cat, "You better not ever got sick, stinky man. Not on our budget. Not unless you go out and get yourself a job with some health insurance!" Of course, when El Gato started spouting nastiness at both ends, I immediately stuffed him in the catbag and hauled him over to the vet. A thousand dollars later, he's his old self again (mostly).

So the photocopying trip to Duke has been postponed. I did, however, pull all the index cards for outstanding citations. It's quite a little stack. Here's the totals:
Listener, 1937-1962
Articles by Reed: ~61
Other authors: 6
New Statesman and Nation, 1938-1961
Articles by Reed: ~31
Other authors: 1

Total: ~99
And that's just two titles! Some may be duplicates or red herring, but that's still too many articles to hope to run down in one day's visit. Even copying from microfilm. Maybe I should get a hotel, stay overnight? If I can get a couple of days off, and the cat can find a job.

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1530. Radio Times. Billing for "The Book of My Childhood." 19 January 1951, 32.
Scheduled on BBC Midland from 8:15-8:30, an autobiographical(?) programme from Henry Reed.

Priced to Shelve

Want to own an illustrated Bhagavad Gita? How about a Neo-Babylonian cylinder seal? Who wouldn't want their very own piece of Homer? Or, for the person who has everything, an 18th century shaving kit, hidden inside a faux book.

All these, and more, at a Christie's auction later this month, "The History of the Book: The Cornelius J. Hauck Collection from the Cincinnati Museum Center." From the Museum Center press release:

The breathtaking top lot of the sale is the Album Amicorum—Das Grosse Stammbuch (large image) of Philip Hainhofer, an illuminated manuscript on vellum and paper in German, Italian, Latin and French, 1596-1633 (estimate: $600,000-800,000). This renowned 'Book of Friendship' is a monument to the princes of Europe and court art. Brought together by Philipp Hainhofer (1578-1647), an internationally influential figure who was employed by the European princes as an art advisor and political agent, the Grosse Stammbuch contains signatures and coats of arms of princely persons, paintings and drawings and an ensemble of lavishly illustrated 'natural history' pages which are strikingly meticulous, delicate and elegant.

The Hauck collection will be auctioned at Christie's, in New York, June 27th and 28th.

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1529. Sackville-West, Vita. "Seething Brain." Observer (London), 5 May 1946, 3.
Sackville-West speaks admirably of Reed's poetry, and was personally 'taken with the poem called "Lives," which seemed to express so admirably Mr. Reed's sense of the elusiveness as well as the continuity of life.'

Watching the Detectives

I wouldn't be a PBS über-geek if I neglected to promote the fourth season of History Detectives.

The show is along the lines of Antiques Roadshow — except instead of folks dragging in their trash and treasures — a team of appraisers, historians, and authors seek to authenticate the provenance of a few mystery items. They travel to local libraries, delve into archives, and consult with museums and experts in the field.

The season opener explores the extent of the Chisholm Trail; investigates a cache of posters for Harry Houdini; and researches a flag said to have draped the casket of President McKinley.

The show will be broadcast on Monday, June 19th. Check your local listings for dates and times.

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1528. Manning, Hugo. "Recent Verse." Books of the Day, Guardian (Manchester), 31 July 1946, 3.
Manning feels that 'Mr. Reed has worn thin much of his genuine talent in this direction by too much self-inflicted censorship.'

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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