Walter de la Mare





Walter de la Mare

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born
in Charlton, Greenwich, London, England, The United Kingdom
April 25, 1873

died
June 22, 1956

gender
male

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Walter John de la Mare was an English poet, short story writer and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children and The Listeners. He was descended from a family of French Huguenots, and was educated at St Paul's School. His first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the name Walter Ramal. He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eighteen years while struggling to bring up a family, but nevertheless found enough time to write, and, in 1908, through the efforts of Sir Henry Newbolt he received a Civil List pension which enabled him to concentrate on writing;

One of de la Mare's special interests was the imagination, and this contributed both to the popularity of his children's w
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Memoirs of a Midget
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The Return
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 1910 — 34 editions
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The Complete Poems Of Walte...
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1969
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Peacock Pie
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1913 — 22 editions
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The Listeners and Other Poems
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2000 — 7 editions
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Come Hither: A Family Treas...
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1923 — 7 editions
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Best Stories of Walter De L...
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1942 — 3 editions
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Short Stories 1927-1956 (V. 2)
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The Collected Poems of Walt...
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More books by Walter de la Mare…
“A poor old Widow in her weeds
Sowed her garden with wild-flower seeds;
Not too shallow, and not too deep,
And down came April -- drip -- drip -- drip.
Up shone May, like gold, and soon
Green as an arbour grew leafy June.
And now all summer she sits and sews
Where willow herb, comfrey, bugloss blows,
Teasle and pansy, meadowsweet,
Campion, toadflax, and rough hawksbit;
Brown bee orchis, and Peals of Bells;
Clover, burnet, and thyme she smells;
Like Oberon's meadows her garden is
Drowsy from dawn to dusk with bees.
Weeps she never, but sometimes sighs,
And peeps at her garden with bright brown eyes;
And all she has is all she needs --
A poor Old Widow in her weeds.”
Walter de la Mare, Peacock Pie

“God has mercifully ordered that the human brain works slowly; first the blow, hours afterwards the bruise.”
Walter de la Mare, The Return

“Once a man strays out of the common herd, he's more likely to meet wolves in the thickets than angels.”
Walter de la Mare, The Return

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