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This is a brief discussion of Herbert Read and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Read.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Read: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Read tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Read worthy; in sum, to help you rank Herbert Read (and the works by Read listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
A Few Words About Herbert Read
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed
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Other Herbert Read Resources
Herbert Read Resources on the Web
Read was something of a polymath, so that despite the general prevalence of Read-related material on the web, not much of it focusses on him as a writer of fiction. Theer is apparently
no overall dedicated Read web site; about the best single page on his writing is Sir George Herbert
Read, from the always useful Author's Calendar site. There is also an essay on Read at the Custom Essay site.
Of pages specific to The Green Child (his only novel), there is a good one from the University of Leeds, Read and The Green Child, while "Rumbling in the depths': The Textual and Cultural Politics of The Green Child" describes a paper submitted to the 2004 Herbert Read Conference.
Herbert Read Resources in Print
There are some books about Read, which also are not necessarily much focussed on him as a writer of fiction. They include:
Reassessed, by David Goodway
Herbert Read's The green child: A critical approach, by Badr Khalil
Re-Reading Read: New Views on Herbert Read, Michael Paraskos, editor
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Herbert Read ***
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