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

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 to be, but I think this unlikely. She suffered desperately -- the grief and affliction of her sister's death, though I cannot say how long after the appearance of the poems this occurred".


  • Creation: 5 May 1947


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Physical Description

1 1/2 pages oblong 12mo with associated typed envelope.

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.


1 letter

1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in October 2023. Accession no. SC-Acc-2023-0189.

Physical Description

1 1/2 pages oblong 12mo with associated typed envelope.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in April 2024, using information provided by the seller.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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