Richard Howard

Richard Howard was born in April 1943 in Twickenham, in the county of Middlesex, England. Among the strongest influences in his life has been symphonic music, which he discovered at the age of 11, especially the works of Dmitri Shostakovich, Gustav Mahler, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Allan Pettersson, and Alan Hovhaness, whose several hundred works he has catalogued. [A complete transcript of his 1983 interview with Hovhaness can be found at where there is also a link to the catalogue of works.] His earliest literary interest was a fascination with the world conjured by Lewis Carroll, an interest that grew to include Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, M.R.James, A.N.L.Munby, Arthur Machen, Sarban, William Samson, the shorter prose works of Oscar Wilde, and Henry James novel, The Turn of the Screw. He is the first to admit that his education and lifestyle have been unorthodox, which has given him an outsider s view of the world from which he feels he has greatly benefited. He worked Read More chevron_right