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Record Number: 159


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Yesterday my Elizabeth and I went to the most remarkable poets' Reading I have ever attended. It was held at Lord Byron's beautiful house in Piccadilly... I was moved by Mr de la Mare reading five poems of great beauty. Elizabeth was thrilled at seeing for the first time W.H. Davies, a strange tiny poet. He read "Love's Silent Hour" and three others. Hilary [Hilaire Belloc] read "The Poor of London" and "the Dons". He got a big reception'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Until: 1916

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

specific address: Lord Byron's House in Piccadilly

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Walter de la Mare

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

25 Apr 1873

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

Hilaire Belloc, his sister, Marie Belloc Lowndes, 'her' Elizabeth, and a group of other listeners, as well as poets WH Davies and GK Chesterton who were also reading


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Walter de la Mare

Title:

[five poems]

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

159

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Pearce

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Wisdom and Innocence. A Life of G.K. Chesterton

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1996

Vol:

n/a

Page:

231

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Joseph Pearce, Wisdom and Innocence. A Life of G.K. Chesterton (London, 1996), p. 231, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=159, accessed: 02 December 2022


Additional Comments:

Pearce gives as his source an earlier biography of Chesterton, by Ward. The quotation is from a letter written by Marie Belloc Lowndes

   
   
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