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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.


  • Creation: 18 January 1933


Language of Materials


Physical Description

1 side 4to., Hill House, Taplow headed paper, 18th January 1933.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Rosemary Sisson was an English television dramatist and novelist. She contributed to scripts for Upstairs Downstairs, The Duchess of Duke Street and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.


1 letter

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in June 2022. Accession no. SC-Acc-2023-0087.

Physical Description

1 side 4to., Hill House, Taplow headed paper, 18th January 1933.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin and Paul Barnaby in September 2023, using information provided by the seller.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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