Walter de la Mare


About Walter de la Mare

Walter de la Mare (1873–1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. From 1890 to 1908, he worked in the statistics department of the London office of Anglo-American Oil. For the rest of his long life, he was a full-time writer. De la Mare’s first collection of poetry, Songs of Childhood, was published under pseudonym in 1902. With the publication of The Listeners (1912) and the classic volume of children’s poetry Peacock Pie (1913), he established himself as one of the leading poets of the time. In addition to publishing more than a thousand poems, culminating with The Traveller (1945) and Winged Chariot (1951), considered by many – among them T. S. Eliot, his editor at Faber – to be his finest poems, de la Mare published novels, including Memoirs of a Midget (1921), short stories, drama, stories for children and literary criticism. He also edited celebrated anthologies, including Come Hither (1923) and Behold This Dreamer (1939). Walter de la Mare received the Order of Merit in 1953.

Recent updates about Walter de la Mare

International Fairy Day

Fantasy, imagination and a little bit of pixie dust Silver by Walter de la Mare from Faber & Faber


Eat Your Vegetables Day

Vegetables might be your worst nightmare or in your favourite dreams. Read Silver by Walter de la Mare from Faber & Faber (it’s all about dreams)

7 days ago

World Baking Day

Silver by Walter de la Mare from Faber & Faber is a great creative read!

1 month ago

International Day of Families

A family read...Snow by Walter de la Mare from Faber & Faber 

1 month ago

Christmas Eve

Xmas!!! Snow by Walter de la Mare and Carolina Rabei. Published by Faber & Faber.

2 years ago

World Book Day

Why not find a classic book to read this year? Summer Evening is a brilliant book by Walter de la Mare, published by Faber & Faber.

5 years ago

A brilliantly innovative book Snow Discover snowy regions as you unravel this fascinating pop-up book!

6 years ago

Out Now!

Out now! Snow by Walter de la Mare, illustrated by Walter de la Mare. Published by Faber & Faber.

6 years ago

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