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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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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What is Henry Reed's first name?

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.

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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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