Walter de la Mare

Biographical Sketch

Adapted from Wikipedia: Walter John de la Mare (25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956) was an English poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is probably best remembered for his works for children, for his poem “The Listeners”, and for a highly acclaimed selection of subtle psychological horror stories, amongst them “Seaton’s Aunt” and “All Hallows”.

In 1921, his novel Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and his post-war Collected Stories for Children won the 1947 Carnegie Medal for British children’s books.

Come Hither was an anthology, edited by de la Mare, mostly of poetry with some prose. It has a frame story and can be read on several levels. It was first published in 1923, and was a success; further editions followed. Alongside children’s literature, it includes a selection of the leading Georgian poets.

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