'I have read it through from beginning to end, and would have read more of it had there been any more to read.' --George Bernard Shaw
'He found the people generous and the climate pleasant; he considers the United States an ideal place for tramps.' --The New York Times
About the Author
W H Davies was born in 1871. He was unable to settle to regular work and spent a significant part of his life as a tramp, living in shelters and doss-houses in London, but began publishing his own poetry in 1905, and became a popular poet in his time and went on to mix with leading society figures. The principal themes in his work are the marvels of nature, observations about life's hardships, his own tramping adventures and the various characters he met. He is best known for his poem 'Leisure', with its opening lines 'What is this life if, full of care / We have no time to stand and stare'.