Forrest Reid Collection

Forrest Reid, (1875-1947) was born in Belfast and educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Christ's College, Cambridge. He read medieval and modern languages before returning to Belfast where he lived for the rest of his life. He wrote many novels - as well as "Illustrators of the Sixties" in 1928. Reid was also responsible for many critical studies on W.B. Yeats and Walter de la Mare, both of whom were good friends. He was a close friend of Henry James, though they did fall out when Reid dedicated his book "The Garden God" to James. An account of this incident is given by Reid in his autobiography , the first part of which was published in 1926 as the "The Apostate", the second part was "Private Road", published in 1940. Belfast Central Library holds typescripts and manuscripts of many of Reid's works, including "Peter Waring", "Uncle Stephen", The Retreat", "Private Road" and also his study on Walter de la Mare. There is a comprehensive collection of first editions of his works, which include a limited edition of "Apostate" and a German translation of "Uncle Stephen". In addition the collection includes a memorial pamphlet, which was published on the 10th October, 1952 to commemorate the unveiling of a plaque to Reid at 13 Ormiston Crescent, Belfast. E.M. Forster addressed the gathering and a message was read from de la Mare.


The strength of the collection lies in the possibility of tracing Reid's literary development through the examination of manuscripts, typescripts, comprehensive collection of first editions of his published works and some letters.

Physical characteristics

9 feet of material

Description or Catalogue

Listed on the Fine Book Room Catalogue - automated inhouse database.


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Added by Libraries NI | Last updated on: 25 May 2020