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Patricia Beer. Courtesy the University of Exeter.

Patricia Beer (4 November 1919 - 15 August 1999) was an English poet and literary critic.[1]


Beer was born in Exmouth, Devon, into a family of Plymouth Brethren. She moved away from her religious background as a young adult, becoming a teacher and academic. She began to write poetry after World War II, while living in Italy.

She was married twice; first to the writer P.N. Furbank, and then to Damien Parsons, an architect, settling in Upottery, near Honiton, England. From the later 1960s she wrote full time. She edited several significant anthologies, broadcast, and contributed to literary reviews.


Beer is most often classified as a 'New Romantic' poet comparable to John Heath-Stubbs. On her own account, however, there is a discontinuity in her work. Devon is a major presence.[2]



  • Loss of the Magyar, and other poems. London & New York: Longmans Green, 1959.
  • The Survivors. London: Longmans Green, 1963.
  • Just Like the Resurrection. London & Melbourne: Macmillan, 1967; Chester Springs, PA: Dufour Editions, 1967.
  • The Estuary. London: Macmillan, 1971.
  • Driving West: Poems. London: Gollancz, 1975.
  • Selected Poems. London: Hutchinson, 1979.
  • The Lie of the Land. London: Hutchinson, 1983.
  • Collected Poems. Manchester, UK: Carcanet, 1988.
  • Friend of Heraclitus. Manchester, UK: Carcanet, 1993.
  • Autumn. Manchester, UK: Carcanet, 1997.


  • Moon's Ottery. London: Hutchinson, 1978.


  • Mrs. Beer's House (autobiography). London: Macmillan, 1968.
  • An Introduction to the Metaphysical Poets. London: Macmillan, 1972; Totowa, NJ: Rowan & Littlefield, 1972.
  • Reader, I Married Him: A study of the women characters of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot. London: Basingstoke, 1974; New York: Barnes & Noble, 1974.
  • Wessex: A National Trust book. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1985.
  • The truth of Imagination: A lecture. British Library, Centre for the Book, 1995.
  • As I Was Saying Yesterday: Selected essays and reviews. Manchester, UK: Carcanet, 2002.
In the House Will Eaves reads Patricia Beer's 'The Voice'

In the House Will Eaves reads Patricia Beer's 'The Voice'

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

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  1. John Mullan, Patricia Beer obituary, The Guardian, August 19, 1999. Web, Apr. 26, 2014.
  2. "Patricia Beer - 1924 - 1999". The Poetry Archive. Gloucestershire, UK. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  3. Patricia Beer, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 25, 2013.

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