John Edmund Reade, born at Broadwell, Gloucestershire, was a grandson of Sir John Hill (d. 1837) and Sir John Reade, baronet. He attended a school at Doulting Sheepslate, near Shepton Mallet. The poet resided at Bath and the west of England, with long excursions abroad. Reade was a prolific and apparently popular poet much given to plagiarism. His collected poems went into a fourth edition in 1865.
The broken heart and other poems. 1825.
Sibyl leaves; to which is added A vision of eternity. 1827.
Cain the wanderer: a vision of heaven: darkness and other poems. 1829.
Italy a poem in six parts, with historical and classical notes. 1838.
The deluge: a drama, in twelve scenes. 1839.
Cataline, or the Roman conspiracy: an historical drama. 1839.
The drama of life. 1840.
A record of the Pyramids, a drama. 1842.
Sacred poems from subjects in the Old Testament. 1843.
Prose from the south. 2 vols, 1846.
Revelations of Life: and other poems. 1849.
Poetical works. 2 vols, 1852; 4 vols, 1857.
Man in Paradise; a poem in six books. 1856.
The light of other days. 3 vols, 1858.
Wait and hope. 3 vols, 1859.
Saturday Sterne. 3 vols, 1862.
The laureate wreath and other poems. 1863.
Memnon and other poems. 1868.