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"When we awaken, we cannot account for the time spent. We simply don't remember. About the only evidence we have of experiences while we were asleep is when we happen to remember a dream." -- Henry Reed
Henry Reed (22 February 1914 - 8 December 1986) was a British poet, translator, radio dramatist and journalist.

He was born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward VI School, Aston, followed by the University of Birmingham. At university he associated with W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Walter Allen. He went on to study for an MA and then worked as a teacher and journalist. He was called up to the Army in 1941, spending most of the war as a Japanese translator.

After the war he worked for the BBC as a radio broadcaster and playwright, where his most memorable set of productions was the Hilda Tablet series in the 1950s. The series started with A Very Great Man Indeed, which purported to be a documentary about the research for a biography of a dead poet and novelist called Richard Shewin. This drew in part on Reed's own experience of researching a biography of the novelist Thomas Hardy. However, the 'twelve-tone composeress' Hilda Tablet, a friend of the late Richard Shewin, became the most interesting character in the play; and in the next play, she persuades the biographer to change the subject of the biography to her - telling him "not more than twelve volumes". Dame Hilda, as she later became, was based partly on Ethel Smyth and partly on Elisabeth Lutyens (who was not pleased, and considered legal action).

Reed's most famous poem is Lessons of the War, a witty parody of British army basic training during World War II, which suffered from a lack of equipment at that time. Originally published in New Statesman and Nation (August 1942), the series was later published in A Map of Verona in 1946, and was his only collection to be published within his lifetime. Another anthologised poem is Chard Whitlow, a clever satire of T. S. Eliot's Burnt Norton. Eliot himself was amused by Chard Whitlow's mournful imitations of himself ("As we get older we do not get any younger ...").

Unfortunately for Reed he was forever being confused with the much better known Sir Herbert Read; the two men were unrelated. Reed responded to this confusion by naming his alter ego biographer in the Hilda Tablet plays "Herbert Reeve" and then by having everyone else get the name slightly wrong.

The Papers of Henry Reed are kept safe at the University of Birmingham Special Collections.

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Total Books: 84
Contemporary Cayce A Complete Exploration Using Today's Philosophy and Science
The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray
2010 - The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142213893
ISBN-10: 1142213897
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English Synonymes Classified and Explained With Practical Exercises Designed for Schools and Private Tuition
Lectures On the British Poets
2010 - Lectures on the British Poets (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142412708
ISBN-10: 1142412709
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Lectures On English History and Tragic Poetry As Illustrated by Shakspeare
2010 - Lectures on English History and Tragic Poetry As Illustrated By Shakspeare (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142824242
ISBN-10: 1142824241
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Lectures On English Literature From Chaucer to Tennyson
2010 - Lectures on English Literature From Chaucer to Tennyson (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142918767
ISBN-10: 1142918769
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Lectures On English Literatures from Chaucer to Tennyson
2010 - Lectures on English Literatures From Chaucer to Tennyson (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141966318
ISBN-10: 114196631X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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English Synonymes Classified and Explained
2010 - English Synonymes Classified and Explained (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141985210
ISBN-10: 1141985217
Genre: Reference
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A Treatise on the Law of the Statute of Frauds and of Other Like Enactments in Force in the United States of America and in the British Empire
A Treatise on the Law of the Statute of Frauds and of Other Like Enactments in Force in the United States of America and in the British
The Public Debt
2009 - The Public Debt (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151499349
ISBN-10: 115149934X
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Lectures on English History and Tragic Poetry as Illustrated by Shakespeare
Lives Of Charles Lee And Joseph Reed
2009 - Lives of Charles Lee and Joseph Reed [1846] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781120318770
ISBN-10: 1120318777
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Lectures on English Literature
2009 - Lectures on English Literature (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217009232
ISBN-10: 0217009239
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Lectures On The British Poets V1
2008 - Lectures on the British Poets V1 [1857] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781436649384
ISBN-10: 1436649382
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Henry Reed Collected Poems
2007 - Henry Reed Collected Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781857549430
ISBN-10: 1857549430
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Lectures On The British Poets V2
2007 - Lectures on the British Poets V2 (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780548180334
ISBN-10: 0548180334
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Channeling Your Higher Self Edgar Cacye's Concept of the Superconscious Mind and How It Can Transform Your Life
Edgar Cayce - Das Erwachen der sechsten Kraft
2006 - Edgar Cayce - Das Erwachen Der Sechsten Kraft (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783897675070
ISBN-10: 3897675072
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Dream Solutions Dream Realizations The Original Dream Quest Guidebook
DREAM MEDICINE Learning How To Get Help From Our Dreams
1991 - Collected Poems [Oxford Poets] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1989 - Edgar Cayce on Channeling Your Higher Self [Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis] (Paperback)
Awakening Your Psychic Powers [Edgar Cayce's Widsom for the New Age] (Paperback)Paperback
Lectures on English History [Reprint of 1855 Edition] (Hardcover)
La Ayuda De Los Suenos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)