As a poet and critic of art and literature, and as a social and political philosopher, Sir Herbert Read exerted an important influence on the culture of his time. Not only did he assist and inspire many writers and artists, but through his work for the idea of ‘education through art’, he greatly influenced education, in particular the teaching of art and literature in schools.
For this symposium, first issued in 1969 as the ninth number of The Malahat Review, Professor Skelton has gathered together original essays, poems and drawings which illustrate many aspects of Sir Herbert Read’s life and work.
Frontispiece: The Young Herbert Read Jacob Kramer; Preface; Point & Contact No. 3, 1965 Victor Pasmore; Whipmawhopmagate George Barker; Herbert Read: A Memoir Denise Levertov; Herbert Read: Instead of an Elegy Michael Hamburger; On Herbert Read Walter Gropius; A Tribute Henry Moore; Four Drawings Henry Moore; The Limits of Permissiveness in Art Herbert Read; A Tribute Ben Nicholson; Two Etchings and Two Drawings Ben Nicholson; Herbert Read: His Contribution to Art Education and to Education through Art Sam Black; Four Sketches for Herbert Read Stephen Spender; The Philosopher of Freedom George Woodcock; Four Drawings Barbara Hepworth; The Borehole Norman Nicholson; Craving Denise Levertov; An Exchange of Letters Edited by Reginald C. Terry Edward Dahlberg and Herbert Read; Drowsing Over the Arabian Nights Thomas Kinsella; Flower of the Mountain John Holloway; Herbert Read and Byron G. Wilson Knight; Herbert Read as a Literary Critic Kathleen Raine; Emigrant, to the Receding Shore Donald Davie; The Green Child Anthony Kerrigan; The Poetry of Herbert Read Robin Skelton; Song of Honour Robin Skelton; The Final War Roy Fuller; Beauty – Or the Beast? A Conversation in a Tavern Bonamy Dobree and Herbert Read; Herbert Read Roland Penrose; A Checklist of the Herbert Read Archive in the McPherson Library of the University of Victoria Howard Gerwing; Notes on Contributors