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Thomas Rice Henn (1901–1974) was an Irish literary critic.



Henn was born in Albert House, County Sligo, Ireland and educated in Fermoy and later at Aldenham School before gaining an Exhibition at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he was elected Fellow in 1926. [1] He was Senior Tutor, 1945–47, and President, 1951–61.

County Sligo County in the Republic of Ireland

County Sligo is a county in Ireland. It is located in the Border Region and is part of the province of Connacht. Sligo is the administrative capital and largest town in the county. Sligo County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 65,535 according to the 2016 census, making it the 3rd most populated county in the province, and 26th in the country. It is noted for Benbulben Mountain, one of Ireland’s most distinctive natural landmarks.

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 J.M. Synge in 1963, and embarked on the Coole edition of the works of Lady Gregory (1970-) with Colin Smythe, as joint General Editor of the Edition.

Council of Military Education Committees of the Universities of the United Kingdom organization

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W. B. Yeats Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet and playwright, co-founder of Abbey Theatre

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Augusta, Lady Gregory Irish playwright, poet, folklorist

Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory was an Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre manager. With William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous short works for both companies. Lady Gregory produced a number of books of retellings of stories taken from Irish mythology. Born into a class that identified closely with British rule, she turned against it. Her conversion to cultural nationalism, as evidenced by her writings, was emblematic of many of the political struggles to occur in Ireland during her lifetime.

He supervised the Ph. D thesis of Harivansh Rai Bachchan on W. B. Yeats.

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Henn's works were:


  1. 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.

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