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Mare, Walter de la, 1873-1956 (poet and writer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1873 - 1956

Biography

The poet, novelist, and anthologist Walter De La Mare was born in Charleton, Kent, on 25 April 1873. He was educated at St. Paul's Cathedral Choristers' School in London. From 1890 until 1908, De La Mare worked for the Anglo-American Oil Company in London. However, after the appearance in 1902 of his Songs of childhood, under the pseudonym of Walter Ramal, he spent more and more time writing and his first novel Henry Brocken was published in 1904. A large output of poems, stories, novels, books for children and anthologies continued throughout the rest of his life. His production includes Poems (1906), The return (1910), The listeners (1912), Peacock pie (1913), Memoirs of a midget (1921), Come hither (1923), Behold, this dreamer (1939), The Burning Glass (1945), The Traveller (1946), Inward Companion (1950), and O Lovely England (1953). He was made Companion of Honour in 1948, and received the Order of Merit in 1953. Walter De La Mare died in Twickenham on 22 June 1956. He was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Autograph letter signed from Walter de la Mare to Mr Wood, 20 September 1920

 Item — Box CLX-A-355
Identifier: Coll-1848/17-0236
Scope and Contents Autograph Letter Signed to Mr Wood, thanking him for his letter and saying he is "sorry you will be obliged to omit some of the poems you selected, but of course there's no help for it. May one of the others be substituted for Bunches of Grapes which has already been over-used? Have you written to Longman's? I'm afraid they will want a fee - but please tell them you have made arrangements with me. The poems from Peacock Pie I have Complete Control - as far as anthologies etc are concerned...
Dates: 20 September 1920

Letter from Walter de la Mare to John Atkins, 2 April 1948

 Item — Box CLX-A-371
Identifier: Coll-1848/18-0117/2
Scope and Contents Long autograph letter signed, from Walter de la Mare to John Atkins, dated 2 April 1948, The Old Park. The letter says that "Alas, I didn't deserve one word of your reference to the R.L.F [Royal Literary Fund]. I wish it were otherwise. Illness as you know prevented my attending the Meeting of the Committee. ... I was very glad to hear that a grant has been awarded... . All that you said concerning the writing of books keenly interested me. There are outstanding exceptions, of course, but,...
Dates: 2 April 1948

Letter from Walter de la Mare to Nancy Bowden, 5 May 1947

 Item
Identifier: Coll-1848/23-0189
Scope and Contents This is a typed signed letter (two lines in holograph) from Walter de la Mare to Nancy Bowden, dated The Old Park, Penn, 5 May 1947. De la Mare writes to Bowden of his "particular pleasure" in receiving her previous letter in which she wrote how she "discovered and with so much delight and interest Charlotte Mew's poems". De la Mare offers a few lines about Mew's life and poetry: "As Mr Masefield says, it is possible that her two Collections were not reprinted because she did not wish them...
Dates: 5 May 1947

Letter from Walter de la Mare to Nancy Bowden, 12 May 1947

 Item — Box CLX-A-371
Identifier: Coll-1848/18-0117/1
Scope and Contents

Short autograph signed letter by Walter de la Mare, sent to Miss Nancy Bowden on the 12 May 1947 from The Old Park, Penn. De la Mare replies to a previous letter from Bowden, commenting on some remarks she made on notepapers, "Mrs Monro's address" that she heard through Mr Masefield, and on Charlotte Mew's poetry and women's in general.

Dates: 12 May 1947

Letter from Walter de la Mare to Rosemary Sisson, 18 January 1933

 Item — Box CLX-A-479
Identifier: Coll-1848/23-0087
Scope and Contents

Typed letter, with autograph addition, from Walter de la Mare to Rosemary Sisson (1923-2017), the nine-year-old daughter of his friend, the academic and author Charles Jasper Sisson (1885-1966). As an adult, Rosemary Sisson would become a successful novelist and television dramatist.

Dates: 18 January 1933

Letter from Walter de la Mare to Rosemary Sisson, 9 December 1931

 Item — Box CLX-A-479
Identifier: Coll-1848/23-0085
Scope and Contents

Signed autograph letter from Walter de la Mare to Rosemary Sisson (1923-2017), the eight-year old daughter of his friend, the academic and author Charles Jasper Sisson (1885-1966). As an adult, Rosemary Sisson would become a successful novelist and television dramatist. There is also an envelope addressed to "Miss Rosemary Sisson".

Dates: 9 December 1931

Letters from Walter de la Mare

 Fonds — Box CLX-A-352
Identifier: Coll-1836
Scope and Contents

This collection includes a total of 23 Walter De la Mare letters dating from 1926 to 1953 including: 14 letters to Mrs. Verity (7 autograph letters signed and 7 typed letters signed); 3 autograph letters signed to Marie Lamigeon; 6 typed letters signed to various other people. More perspective on Walter De la Mare's thinking can be understood regarding this important and accomplished English poet and novelist.

Dates: 1926-1953

Letters from Walter de la Mare to Charles Jasper Sisson and Rosemary Sisson

 Fonds — Box CLX-A-480
Identifier: Coll-2101
Content Description This collection consists of three typed letters from Walter de la Mare to academic and author Charles Jasper Sisson (1885-1966), dated 6, 23, and 27 November 1933, and two typed letters to Sisson's nine-year-old daughter Rosemary Anne Sisson (1923-2017), a future novelist and television dramatist, dated 24 August and 27 September 1933.In his letters to Rosemary, de la Mare is mostly talking about his poems and answering her comments and stories about her own occupations; and in...
Dates: 24 August - 27 November 1933

Scrapbook album compiled by Violet de la Mare, including two manuscript poems by Walter de la Mare

 Item — Box CLX-A-354
Identifier: Coll-1834
Scope and Contents

Scrapbook album compiled by Violet de la Mare, sister-in-law of poet Walter de la Mare. It contains numerous newspaper clippings, some relating to de la Mare's fiction and articles by him; and two unpublished poems by Walter to his nephew James Roy Delamare.

Dates: 1884-1950