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W. H. Davies, The True Traveller

A Reader

Edited by Rory Waterman

A W.H. Davies Reader
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ISBN: 978 1 784100 87 2
Categories: 20th Century, British, Memoirs
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: November 2015
216 x 135 x 15 mm
280 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), eBook (Kindle), eBook (PDF)
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  • W.H. Davies (1871–1940) was popularly though reductively known as the ‘tramp-poet’ due to his remarkable journey from vagrancy, in Britain and the United States, to considerable literary success. ‘Discovered’ in part by Edward Thomas, who admired his poetry, Davies became a prolific memoirist and occasional writer of fiction, criticism and drama. He is now known almost exclusively for a handful of poems and for his memoir The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp; his other writing has long been out of print. This book collects generous selections from Davies’s prose memoir, poetry, and critical prose, alongside comprehensive notes. It brings back into print the work of a remarkable, controversial and unduly neglected author.
    Rory Waterman was born in Belfast and grew up mostly in rural Lincolnshire. He was a Hawthornden Fellow in 2012. His poems have appeared in the TLS, New Poetries V (Carcanet, 2011), Poetry Review, The Best British Poetry 2012 (Salt, 2012), Stand, Agenda, PN Review and various ... read more
    Praise for Rory Waterman
    'Rory Waterman writes poems of the kind there’ll always be a need for – poems that require skill to make but don’t insist on it, that  combine keen-eyed observation and immediately graspable shades of feeling in a memorable way. Waterman’s is a very appealing voice, laconic, unillusioned and vulnerable. His world is a recognisable and convincing one, his rueful, sometimes harsh sincerity is palpable, and he deserves to be read by anyone to whom these things still matter.'
    Alan Jenkins
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