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12th International Robert Graves Society Conference, 8th-12th July 2014, Mallorca:

 

 

Alastair Reid (1926 -2014)

The Robert Graves Society is very sad to hear news of the death of Alastair Reid, poet, scholar, essayist and translator. He wrote for the New Yorker for 40 years, notably writing about countries in South America, in which he travelled extensively, meeting both Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges in the 1960s. He was instrumental in bringing about the translation of the poems of both poets into English. 

There is an excellent biography, photo and summary of his work and publications on the Scottish Poetry Library's website at http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poets/alastair-reid

In 1953 he visited Spain and met Robert Graves in Mallorca, quite by chance, but went on to form a strong literary friendship with Graves there which lasted until 1960. An account of their working partnership during these years is described in an article published in the Guardian in 2008, which can be found at:http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/sep/20/poetry.

Obituaries to Alastair Reid have appeared worldwide: search here and click 'Google Search' for links to many of those published so far.

Sean O'Brien writes in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) this week about the Robert Graves Conference in Mallorca in July, in the 'Commentaries' section ('Saturday Night in Deià', p.15). The TLS online (www.the-tls.co.uk) is subscription-only (although individual back numbers can be bought via a new app.: see http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1333934.ece; and many libraries have subscriptions) but here's a link to the list of contents of the 15 August issue: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/multimedia/archive/01087/contents_1087767a.pdf

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