Sir Herbert Read

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Sir Herbert Edward Read (1893–1968) was an English anarchist, poet, and critic of literature and art. He was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism, and was strongly influenced by proto-existentialist thinker Max Stirner.

Early life

The son of a farmer, Read was born at Muscoates near Nunnington, about four miles south of Kirkbymoorside in the ... more »

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  • ''A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them.''
    Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968), British critic, poet. English Prose Style, ch. 13, Holt (1928).
  • ''To fight without hope is to fight with grace,
    The self reconstructed, the false heart repaired.'''
    Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968), British poet. To a Conscript of 1940 (l. 32-33). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxf...
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