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.

Read "Naming of Parts."

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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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War Poetry Contest

You still have just over a month to submit a poem or poems to Winning Writers' ninth annual war poetry contest. They're offering a $2,000 first prize for up to three poems, not to exceed a total of 500 lines in length. The entry fee is just $15, and the (postmark) deadline is May 31, 2010.

For more information, see their "Advice from the Judge," or read previous winners from 2002-2009. Last year's prize winners were Robert Hill Long, Timothy Tebeau, and Susan McCabe.

For writing a winning poem, Winning Writers recommends reading Sassoon, Owen's "Greater Love," the work of Elisha Porat, and that 'masterpiece of irony and understatement,' Reed's "Naming of Parts."

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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.

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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