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Record 159

Reading Experience:

'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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 27 January 2023

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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