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Patricia Beer studied at the University of Exeter.
University of London, London, United Kingdom
Patricia Beer graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of London.
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Patricia Beer received a bachelor’s degree from St. Hugh’s College at Oxford University.
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At the time of her death in 1999, Patricia Beer had been planning a collection of her essays. She liked the title As I Was Saying Yesterday: it caught at once the speaking quality of the essays and the consistency of concern which runs through a body of work disparate in subject-matter.
Patricia Beer was educated at Exmouth Grammar School. She left home to study at Exeter University but graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of London and received another bachelor’s degree from St. Hugh’s College at Oxford University.
After graduation, Patricia Beer embarked on a teaching career and was a lecturer in English at the University of Padua in Italy, where she stayed from 1946 to 1948 before moving on to the British Institute and then the Ministero Aeronáutica, both in Rome.
By 1953 Beer moved back to England and began writing in earnest. Beer supported herself in a series of odd jobs through the 1950s but in 1962 went back to teaching in a post at the University of London. She lectured there for several years.
In 1968 she chose to make writing her full-time profession. She had already seen several of her books published, including Loss of the Magyar and Other Poems. Magyar had focused on the loss of her great-grandfather at sea. Other works by that time include The Survivors and Just Like the Resurrection.
Many of her poems related to theology and death, usually in a plain and ironic way. Beer wrote her autobiography, Mrs. Beer’s House, in 1968. Although she contributed works to anthologies and served as editor on three books. Beer completed books of her own writing only every few years. Most were collections of poetry but Beer also wrote two works of literary criticism: An Introduction to the Metaphysical Poets and Reader, I Married Him: A Study of the Women Characters of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot.
Beer also wrote the novel Moon’s Ottery, set in the time following the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and The Star Cross Ferry. Several critics have commended Beer’s work for its sparse and economical use of words. Her last book was Autumn, published in 1997.
(In her first book since Friend of Heraclitus (1993), Patr...)1997
(Patricia Beer's "Friend of Heraclitus" is made up of 50 p...)1993
(Study of the Women Characters of Jane Austen, Charlotte B...)1974
(At the time of her death in 1999, Patricia Beer had been ...)2002
Beer grew up in a strict religious community and her family belonged to the Plymouth Brethren faith.
Beer was married twice. First, she was married to the writer P. N. Furbank. Her second husband was Damien Parsons, an architect, settling in Upottery, near Honiton, England.