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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Reid, Forrest
Forrest Reid (b. 1875 – d. 1948) was a novelist, literary critic,and translator.
He was, along with Hugh Walpole and J.M. Barrie, a
leading pre-war British novelist of childhood fantasy. He is still acclaimed as the greatest of Ulster novelists.
His later trilogy of novels, Uncle Stephen (1931), The Retreat (1936), and Young Tom (1944) evoke a
mystical sense of their being multiple worlds and times present in the real world.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Reid entered Christ's College Cambridge in 1905,
and was influenced there by the novelist E.M. Forster. After graduation Forster continued
to visit Reid, who was then settled back in Belfast. It was to Reid that Forster felt
able to write about the loss of his beloved Charles Mauron in the Second World War.
In 1952 Forster travelled to Belfast to unveil a plaque commemorating Forrest Reid's
life (at 13 Ormiston Crescent).
As well as his fiction, Reid also translated poems from the Greek Anthology
(Greek Authors, 1943). His study of the work of W.B. Yeats
(W.B. Yeats: A Critical Study, 1915) has been acclaimed as one of the best
critical studies of that poet.
He also wrote the definitive work on the English woodcut artists of the 1860s; his collection
of original illustrations from that time are housed in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
He was a close friend of Walter de la Mare, whom he first met in 1913, and about whose
fiction he published a perceptive book in 1929. Reid was also an influence on
novelist Stephen Gilbert, and had good connections to the Bloomsbury Group of
writers. Reid was a founding member of the Imperial Art League (later the
Artists League of Great Britain).
A 'Forrest Reid Collection' is held at the University of Exeter, England;
consisting of first editions of all his works and books about Reid. Many
of his original manuscripts are in the archives of the Belfast Central Library.
The Green Avenue: the life and writings of Forrest Reid (1980)