Sir Herbert Read

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Sir Herbert Read Biography

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 fou ...

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To A Conscript Of 1940

A soldier passed me in the freshly fallen snow,
His footsteps muffled, his face unearthly grey:
And my heart gave a sudden leap
As I gazed on a ghost of five-and-twenty years ago.

Sir Herbert Read Quotes

11 November 2014

A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them.

11 November 2014

To fight without hope is to fight with grace, The self reconstructed, the false heart repaired.'

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