Henry Treece was a British poet and novelist known for being one of the most prolific writers of historical fiction in the 20th century. After he published five volumes of poetry between 1940 and 1947, his poetry was included in Kenneth Rexroth’s anthology The New British Poets (1949). During this time, Treece also joined the volunteer reserve of the Royal Air Force, serving as an intelligence officer until 1946.
Treece wrote many historical novels for children as well as a critical study of Dylan Thomas. He is known for being a founder of the New Apocalypse movement, a reaction against the politically oriented, realist poetry of the 1930s. Treece died of a heart attack in 1966.