Thomas Rice Henn

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Thomas Rice Henn (1901-1974) was a literary critic. He was born in Albert House, County Sligo, Ireland and educated in Fermoy and at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he was Senior Tutor, 1945-47, and President, 1951-61. He served in the British army in the Second World War, rising to the rank of Brigadier. The Lonely Tower (1950) was a study of W. B. Yeats; he edited J. M. Synge in 1963, and embarked on the Coole edition of Lady Gregory with Colin Smythe towards the end of his life.

He supervised the Ph. D thesis of Harivansh Rai Bachchan on W. B. Yeats.

His works were:

  • Longinus And English Criticism (1934)
  • Field Sports In Shakespeare (1934)
  • The Lonely Tower: Studies in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats (1950)
  • Practical Fly-Tying (1950)
  • The Apple and the Spectroscope: Being lectures on poetry designed (in the main) for science students (1951/1963)
  • The Harvest Of Tragedy [n|1956]
  • Selected Poems (1958)
  • Science In Writing (1960)
  • Passages For Divine Reading (1963)
  • The Plays And Poems Of J.M. Synge (1963) editor
  • Shooting a Bat and other poems (1964)
  • W.B. Yeats and the Poetry of War (1965) Warton Lecture
  • Kipling (1967)
  • The Bible as Literature (1970)
  • The Living Image: Shakespeare Essays (1972)
  • Last Essays: Mainly on Anglo-Irish Literature (1976)
  • Introduction to George Moore's The Untilled Field (1976)
  • Five Arches: A Sketch for an Autobiography and Poems (1980)