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British and Commonwealth Literary Studies

Walter De la Mare Papers

The Papers

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M0589

Size: 4 linear ft.

Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)

English poet, novelist, anthologist, and writer for children, Walter de la Mare was born at Charlton, Kent and educated at Saint Paul's Choir School. Songs of Childhood (1902), a collection for children published pseudonymously, was his first book. Serious critical attention came to De la Mare with Poems (1906). Awarded a civil list pension in 1908, he devoted himself full time to writing into his eighties. During his lifetime he published 5 anthologies, 27 books of poetry, 21 books for children, 5 novels, and 7 books of short stories. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1948 and awarded the Order of Merit in 1953.

Highlights and Research Potential of the Papers

The collection includes letters, manuscripts of poetry, musical scores, clippings of reviews, and other printed ephemera. Major correspondents include John Black, Richard Church, Leonard Clark, Graham Greene, Dorothy Hatch, Edward Marsh, Barbara Morison, Christopher Morley, Lady Ottoline Morrell, F. C. Owlett, Herman Peschmann, and Elizabeth Myers Powys.

Related Manuscript Collection at Stanford

Letter from Walter de la Mare to R.L. Megroz.
1 item (4 p.)
Call Number: Misc 311
Content: Autograph letter signed c. 1923, describing de la Mare's family and genealogy.


Clark, Leonard. Walter de la Mare: A Checklist. Cambridge : The University Press, 1956.

Selected Biography and Criticism

Whistler, Theresa. Imagination of the Heart : The Life of Walter de la Mare. London: Duckworth, 1993.
McCrosson, Doris Ross. Walter de la Mare. New York: Twayne Publishers 1966.

Other Manuscript Depositories

Edinburgh University Library
King's College, Cambridge, England
Temple University Libraries, Rare Book Department, Philadephia, PA.
University of Chicago Library, Chicago IL.

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