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Neil Reeve


Neil was awarded a scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and after completing his studies, he enjoyed a distinguished career as a Professor, Head of English and Director of Research for the Centre of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. He was a supportive, generous colleague, a fine critic and an excellent editor. He made a distinctive contribution to twentieth century studies, contributing to the study of major writers

D H Lawrence, Henry James and Thomas Hardy, as well as producing several definitive books and essays on important but neglected writers. His was an important and very singular body of work, all articulated with precision and elegance. In recent months, Neil worked heroically to complete his writing projects, despite the limitations of his terminal illness. Bloodaxe Books published a new edition of The Oval Window by Jeremy Prynne, which Neil co-edited with Richard Kerridge, another Old Elthamian. Neil also edited The Jolly Corner and Other Tales, a very fine edition of late stories by Henry James, for the Cambridge University Press Complete Fiction of James. At the time of his death, he was still working on editions of The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James and Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy.


He died at home on 1st April 2018, after a long illness bravely borne, leaving his wife Cheryl, daughter Natalie, son Edward and stepchildren Anna and Matthew.