Hendry, James Findlay


Hendry, James Findlay
(1912-1986)
   Born in Glasgow, he read modern languages at Glasgow University but did not graduate. During World War II he served in the Royal Artillery and the Intelligence Corps. After the war he worked as a translator for the United Nations and the International Labor Organization, then worked at the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, before becoming its head of School of Translating and Interpreting. With Henry Treece (see entry) he edited the poetry anthology The New Apocalypse (1939) which gave its name to the "New Apocalyptics" poetic group. He died in Toronto and left his papers to Glasgow University. These consist mainly of press cutting reviews of his work, drafts of novels, notes and notebooks, and audio cassettes. Included are over 500 letters, many from other poets, artists and authors. Some of his other publications: The White Horseman, 1941 (poetry anthology with Henry Treece). Bombed Happiness, 1942. Crown and Sickle, 1944 (poetry anthology with Henry Treece). Your Career as a Translator and Interpreter, 1980. Some of his poems: "Inverberg," "Orpheus," "The Constant North," "The Ship," "Tir-Nan-Og."
   Sources: James Findlay Hendry Papers. University of Glasgow, Special Collections (http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/collection/hendry.html). Nationmaster.com (http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/J.-F.-Hendry). Poetry and War (http://perso.univ-lyon2.fr/Hendry, James Findlaygoethals/warpoet/WW2_menu.html). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The New British Poets: An Anthology. Kenneth Rexroth, ed. New Directions, 1949. The Oxford Book of Scottish Verse, John MacQueen and Tom Scott, ed. Oxford University Press, 1966.

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