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22.7.2018


Henry Reed in Canada

What a treat to be able to add another country to the list of places Henry Reed visited! The Daily Colonist of Victoria, British Columbia reports that Reed gave a noontime poetry reading at the University of Victoria on Thursday, March 26, 1964. Reed may have gone at the invitation of Robin Skelton.

Reed was a Visiting Professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle at the time, a guest position opened up by the untimely death of Theodore Roethke. So he just popped over to Canada for a reading:

Daily Colonist newspaper

U.K. Poet Henry Reed Reads
Own Parodies at University
British poet Henry Reed, known for his parody of T. S. Eliot, Chard Witlow [sic], visited the University of Victoria yesterday.

He began his noon-hour reading with a series of poems called Lessons of the War.

Parodies on army instruction, these poems, the best of which is Naming of Parts, contrast the mechanical unreality of army life with images of spring and nature.

They were written shortly after Mr. Reed was discharged from the army, which he said he didn't like.

A Map of Verona, from which the title of Mr. Reed's book is taken, is a recollection lot the physical setting and emotions associated with this Italian city and Naples.

ARTHURIAN LEGEND

Mr. Reed also read a set of poems about four characters in the Arthurian legend, and Tristan and Isolde.

A visiting professor at the University of Washington, Mr. Reed has written several plays for the BBC.
"Several" plays for the BBC. By my count, Reed wrote or translated 36 radio plays before 1964.


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Derwent May, former editor at the Listener, reminisces about Henry Reed, shortly after his death in 1986.



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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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