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J. F. Hendry (James Findlay Hendry) Biography

(1912–86), (James Findlay Hendry), The New Apocalypse, The White Horseman, The Crown and the Sickle

British poet, born in Glasgow, educated at the Universities of Paris and Glasgow. After military service from 1939 to 1946, he worked as a translator and became Professor of Modern Languages at Laurentian University, Ontario, in 1965. He edited The New Apocalypse (1939), an anthology of poetry, stories, and criticism announcing the identically named literary movement, which was sustained by two further anthologies, The White Horseman (1941) and The Crown and the Sickle (1944), jointly edited by Hendry and Henry Treece. The Bombed Happiness (1942) was his first collection of verse, which contained numerous powerfully imaginative treatments of warfare. A further volume, The Orchestral Mountain (1943), was followed by a long hiatus in his career as a publishing poet, which resumed with Marimarusa (1978) and A World Alien (1980). These displayed his interest in the more purely musical aspects of poetic technique. His other works include the novel Fernie Brae (1949), which is explicitly modelled on Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a biography of Rilke entitled The Sacred Threshold (1983), and his edition of The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1970).

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