Literary Birthday – 25 April – Walter de la Mare

Walter de la Mare was born 25 April 1873 and died 22 June 1956.


  1. What a haunting, inescapable riddle life was.
  2. Without imagination of the one kind or of the other, mortal existence is indeed a dreary and prosaic business… Illumined by the imagination, our life, whatever its defeats – is a never-ending unforeseen strangeness and adventure and mystery.
  3. As long as I live I shall always be My Self – and no other, Just me.
  4. All day long the door of the sub-conscious remains just ajar; we slip through to the other side, and return again, as easily and secretly as a cat.
  5. The only catalogue of this world’s goods that really counts is that which we keep in the silence of the mind.

Walter de la Mare was an English poet, short story writer, and novelist. He is well known for his works for children, and for his poem “The Listeners”.  He had the ability to evoke the ghostly, fleeting moments in life, which were evident in the horror stories that included “Seaton’s Aunt” and “All Hallows”. 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.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th April 2020