value for animating teachers and others of good will. Students today would look at Read more for historical interest than current citation, but the nobility of that vision and the aspiration for a just society built on principles of individual expression make Read's prose still worth pondering. The spirit of his ideas survive in the social and cultural orientation which draws on works of literature and art as sources for moral encouragement and instruction, and that continues as a priority in the careers of so many writers and artists, teachers, parents and others (an example in American art education would be the 'Caucus on Social Theory' within the National Art Education Association). Read represented the 'English' ideal, perhaps best expressed by those Romantic poets he admired, of a life lived with a sense of one's purpose and fulfilment in the grand scheme of things. Herbert Read knew his purpose and he carried it out with dispatch and fervour.
Read, Education through Art, pp.305, 308.
Read, The Cult of Sincerity, New York: Horizon Press, pp.76-93, 1968.
Read, Moon's Farm & Poems Mostly Elegiac, London: Faber & Faber, 1955.
James King, The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, preface, p.xv, 1990.
Hilton Kramer, New York Times, 30 June 1968, section II, p.23.
Education through Art, pp.305, 308.
Malcolm Ross, 'Herbert Read: Art, Education and the Means of Redemption', in David Goodway (ed.), Herbert Read Reassessed, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p.199, 1998.
Read, A Concise History of Modem Sculpture, London: Thames & Hudson, London, 1964.
In Fifty Major Thinkers on Education: Plato, Ruskin
Read's major writings
Naked Warriors, London: Arts & Letters, 1919.
Collected Poems, London: Faber & Faber, London, new edn, 1953, c.1926.
Reason and Romanticism, New York: Russell & Russell, 1963, c.1926.
Art Now: An Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture, New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1933.
The Innocent Eye, New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1947, c.1933.
The Green Child: A Romance, London: Robin Clark, 1989, c.1935.
Surrealism, London: Faber & Faber, 1936.
Collected Essays in Literary Criticism, London: Faber & Faber, 2nd edn, 1951 c.1938.
To Hell with Culture, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1941.
Education through Art, London: Faber & Faber, new rev. edn 1958, c.1943.
The Grass Roots of Art, New York: Meridian, 1967, c.1946.
Art and Industry: The Principles of Industrial Design, London: Faber & Faber, 1947.
Education for Peace, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1949.
Contemporary British Art, Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, rev. edn 1964, c.1951.