"'What strikes one most about [them] is how truly peculiar they are... it is good to see these dark and disquieting stories back in print.' TLS on Short Stories 1895-1926 and Short Stories 1927-1956 'He was so... "great" that, like all the greatest, his greatness functions as an assumption that goes hardly even recognized...the chief emotion is, as it should be, one of immense gratitude.' Martin Seymour-Smith in Scotland on Sunday on Short Stories 1895-1926 'Beautiful, enigmatic and disquieting stories.' Lord David Cecil 'De la Mare is a master of mise-en-scene...Prose with the most vivid and unsettling intensity, which resembles some of what the surrealists were producing in France...' Angela Carter"
The publication of Short Stories 1927-1956 celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Walter de la Mare's death. It is also the culmination of a major literary enterprise. For many people Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) is as great a writer of fiction as of poetry. But the majority of his short stories, of which there are a hundred, have long been unavailable. Short Stories brings them all together in three volumes in the first comprehensive collection to be published. De la Mare's earliest published works were stories, and he continued writing and rewriting stories throughout the rest of his life. There was always a creative counterpoint between the themes and imagery of his prose and his poetry - such as the dream, childhood, the house, night, love lost and regained, solitude and the traveller. A full understanding of either is impossible without knowledge of both. TLS on Short Stories 1895-1926 and Short Stories 1927-1956: What strikes one most about [them] is how truly peculiar they are... it is good to see these dark and disquieting stories back in print.’ Martin Seymour-Smith in Scotland on Sunday on Short Stories 1895-1926: He was so...great” that, like all the greatest, his greatness functions as an assumption that goes hardly even recognized...the chief emotion is, as it should be, one of immense gratitude.’ Lord David Cecil: Beautiful, enigmatic and disquieting stories.’ Angela Carter: De la Mare is a master of mise-en-scene...Prose with the most vivid and unsettling intensity, which resembles some of what the surrealists were producing in France...’ <>Contents of Short Stories 1927-1956: (1) On the Edge: Short Stories (1930): A Recluse; Willows; Crewe; At First Sight; The Green Room; The Orgy; An Idyll; The Picnic; An Ideal Craftsman. (2) The Wind Blows Over (1936): What Dreams May Come; Cape Race; Physic; The Talisman; In The Forest; A Froward Child; Miss Miller; The House; A Revenant; A Nest of Singing-Birds; The Trumpet. (3) A Beginning and Other Stories (1955): Odd Shop; Music; The Stranger; Neighbours; The Princess; The Guardian; The Face; The Cartouche; The Picture; The Quincunx; An Anniversary; Bad Company; A Beginning. (4) Uncollected stories: The Lynx; A Sort of Interview; The Miller's Tale; A:B:O. (5) Unpublished stories: The Orgy: an Idyll, part II; Late; Pig; Dr Iggatt.
About the Author
Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was one of the leading poets and novelists of the twentieth century. His writings are known throughout the world, and have been translated into numerous languages. He wrote poetry and fiction for both adults and children. He is loved and admired equally by the young and the old. Together with the Complete Poems, published in 1969 and shortly to be brought back into print -- and also edited by Giles de la Mare -- Short Stories I, II and III provide the definitive text of Walter de la Mare's creative writings. De la Mare was in addition an anthologist of genius and an outstanding literary critic, serving as the main critic on the TLS for many years.