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?

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.'

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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