Thomas Rice Henn

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Thomas Rice Henn (10 November 1901 – 10 December 1974), [1] known professionally as T. R. Henn, was an Irish literary critic.



Henn was born in Albert House, County Sligo, Ireland, and educated in Fermoy and latterly at Aldenham School, before gaining an Exhibition to St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he studied the Modern Languages and English triposes and was elected Fellow in 1926. [2] He was Senior Tutor, 1945–47, and President, 1951–61.

He served in the British army in the Second World War, rising to the rank of Brigadier. He served from 1963 to 1968 as Chairman of the Central Organisation of Military Education Committees of the Universities and University Colleges, what is now the Council of Military Education Committees of the Universities of the United Kingdom (COMEC). The Lonely Tower (1950) was a study of W.B. Yeats; he edited The Plays And Poems of J. M. Synge in 1963, and embarked on the Coole edition of the works of Lady Gregory (born 1970) with Colin Smythe, as joint General Editor of the Edition.

He gave the 1965 Warton Lecture on English Poetry. [3] He supervised the Ph. D theses of Harivansh Rai Bachchan and David Esterly on W. B. Yeats.


Henn's works were:


  1. "HENN, Thomas Rice" . Who's Who & Who Was Who . Vol. 2023 (online ed.). A & C Black.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. William Henry Samuel Jones (10 June 2010). A History of St Catharine's College, Cambridge: Once Catharine Hall, Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. p. 202. ISBN   978-1-108-00896-9.
  3. Henn, T. R. (1966). "W. B. Yeats and the Poetry of War" (PDF). Proceedings of the British Academy. 51: 301–309.

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