Herbert Read

Sir Herbert Read: 1893-1968

Sir Herbert Read was born in Kirbymoorside, North Yorkshire in 1893. His education at the University of Leeds was disrupted by the outbreak of World War I, in which Read served in France, receiving both the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order.

Best known as a poet, Read’s first volume of poetry was self-published during World War I, and another collection (Naked Warriors), was published later in 1919, drawing upon his fighting experiences in the trenches. However he also became respected as an art critic, who championed such modern British artist’s as sculptor Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.

In 1953 Herbert was knighted by the then Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, for his services to literature.


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