Patricia Beer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Patricia Beer
Patricia Beer
Dry-point by George Adamson RE
Born 4 November 1919
Exmouth, Devon
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.[1]

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.[2]

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)


  1. ^ Powell, Neil (1999-08-26). "Obituary: Patricia Beer". The Independent. London, UK: Independent News & Media plc. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Patricia Beer - 1924 - 1999". The Poetry Archive. Gloucestershire, UK. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 

External links[edit]