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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (9 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571207510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571207510
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Peacock Pie is surely one of the greatest children's books of the century.' The Times"

About the Author

Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. In 1890, aged sixteen, he began work in the statistics department of the London office of Anglo-American Oil. In 1907 he published his first collection of poems under the pseudonym Walter Ramal, but he soon established a wide popular reputation in his own name as a leading poet of the Georgian period with volumes like The Listeners (1912), Motley (1918) and The Veil (1921). He also wrote poetry and short stories for younger readers; Peacock Pie (1913), a collection of poems for children, is now considered a twentieth-century classic.Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was born in Charlton, Kent. In 1890, aged sixteen, he began work in the statistics department of the London office of Anglo-American Oil. In 1907 he published his first collection of poems under the pseudonym Walter Ramal, but he soon established a wide popular reputation in his own name as a leading poet of the Georgian period with volumes like The Listeners (1912), Motley (1918) and The Veil (1921). He also wrote poetry and short stories for younger readers; Peacock Pie (1913), a collection of poems for children, is now considered a twentieth-century classic.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chatvarin on 10 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
I was captivated by a poem of de la Mare in the "Poem of the Day Two" Anthology. When I found this volume I picked it up...and it did not disappoint. "Peacock Pie" is "A Book of Rhyme" for children and happens to be de la Mare's most enduring collection - hence the only of his collections to be reissued en bloc by Faber & Faber. Unlike his near contemporary A.A. Milne, de la Mare did not write the sort of poetry that most children will identify with I don't think. But his poetry any child - and grown-up who has not forsaken his innate Romantic psyche - will be able to empathize with. Isn't "The Bookworm" de la Mare's version of "The Table Turned", that poem which was a cornerstone of Romanticism?

This edition features attractive and (even more so) highly evocative illustrations by Ardizzone. He is not my preferred illustrator but for Faber to choose to reiisue this collection illustrated in this age is merit and achievement in itself. My only real reservation with this edition is that it does away with, as I later discovered, the categorisation of the poems. The actual sequence I think has been left intact, but the division I finds illuminates it further. So 1 star knocked off for that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dylan on 31 Jan 2010
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Purchased this for my mother, she is really pleased with it - all the poems she remembers from her schooldays (during WW2). Quite a nostalgia fest for her, so glad I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrsberylberry on 2 April 2013
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This collection contained a poem that I have been searching for,at last I can now relive the time years ago when I first heard it!
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