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|Born||4 November 1919
|Died||15 August 1999 (aged 79)
Upottery, Devon, England
|Alma mater||University of Exeter; University of Oxford|
|Occupation||Poet and critic|
|Spouse(s)||P.N. Furbank; then Damien Parsons|
Patricia Beer (4 November 1919 – 15 August 1999) was an English poet and critic.
She was born in Exmouth, Devon into a family of Plymouth Brethren. She moved away from her religious background as a young adult, becoming a teacher and academic. She began to write poetry after World War II, while living in Italy; she is most often classified as a 'New Romantic' poet comparable to John Heath-Stubbs. On her own account, however, there is a discontinuity in her work. Devon is a major presence.
She was married twice; first to the writer P.N. Furbank, and then to Damien Parsons, an architect, settling in Upottery, near Honiton, England. From the later 1960s she wrote full-time. She edited several significant anthologies, broadcast, and contributed to literary reviews.
- Loss of the Magyar, and other poems (1959)
- The Survivors (1963) poems
- Just Like the Resurrection (1967) poems
- Mrs. Beer's House (1968) autobiography
- The Estuary (1971) poems
- An Introduction to the Metaphysical Poets (1972)
- Reader: I Married Him (1974) criticism
- Driving West (1975)
- Moon's Ottery (1978)
- Selected Poems (1979)
- The Lie of the Land (1983)
- Collected Poems (1988) poems
- Friends of Heraclitus (1993)
- Autumn (1997) poems
- Abbey Tomb (date unknown)
- The Lost Woman (1983)
- Powell, Neil (1999-08-26). "Obituary: Patricia Beer". The Independent. London, UK: Independent News & Media plc. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
- "Patricia Beer - 1924 - 1999". The Poetry Archive. Gloucestershire, UK. Retrieved 2009-12-27.