The Return

The Return

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

Gripping and poignant tale of psychic possession concerns Arthur Lawford, who appears to have been possessed by the spirit of a long-dead 18th-century pirate. One of de la Mare's finest occult stories, the novel also deals with domestic trauma, unrequited love and philosophical reflection. New introduction by S. T. Joshi.
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The Three Mulla-mulgars

The Three Mulla-mulgars

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.A trio of royal monkey brothers — Thimble, Thumble, and Nod — receive a magical amulet from their mother, who instructs them to set out in search of their father. It\'s been many years since the father vanished after undertaking his own quest for the kingdom of his brother, the Prince of the Valleys of Tishnar. With the amulet to protect them, the brothers set off on a series of adventures that unfold across a fantasy vision of Africa.This enchanting tale, a hidden jewel of children\'s literature, is geared toward 9- to 13-year-olds, but the narrative\'s humor, excitement, and poetic qualities will captivate readers of all ages. Expressive black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dorothy P. Lathrop add charm and beauty to Walter de la Mare\'s enduring fable of brotherhood and friendship.
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Henry Brocken

Henry Brocken

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

Which of them it was that guided me, before even I could read, to the little room dark with holly trees that had been of old my uncle's library, I know not. Perhaps at the instant it chanced there had fallen a breathless truce between them, and I being solitary, my own instinct took me. But having once found that pictured haven, I had found somewhat of content. I think half my youthful days passed in that low, book-walled chamber. The candles I burned through those long years of evening would deck Alps' hugest fir; the dust I disturbed would very easily fill again the measure that some day shall contain my own; and the small studious thumbmarks that paced, as if my footprints, leaf by leaf of that long journey, might be the history of life's experience in little,—from clearer, to clear, to faint—how very faint at last!
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The Green Room

The Green Room

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

Reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve was once as much a part of traditional Christmas celebrations as turkey, eggnog, and Santa Claus. Behind the run-down bookstore is a private room for favoured customers, a strange little annex with a stranger atmosphere. The young man feels a wistful presence vying got his attention as he browses, and when he leaves, he knows he will return. Something has been asked of him, and he will answer.
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Out of the Deep: And Other Supernatural Tales

Out of the Deep: And Other Supernatural Tales

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

A visitor from an alternate world is glimpsed in a snowy churchyard; a box contains a creature that resembles (but not quite closely enough) a human being; two schoolboys spend a holiday with a sinister aunt. In many of these stories, ordinary settings in the English countryside possess a hallucinatory quality - a sense of meaning beyond our grasp, and events running out of kilter with reality. Like all the best ghost stories, these haunting tales offer an enduring sense of mystery with an explanation that remains tantalisingly out of reach. They grow richer with each reading - lingering in the mind and becoming ever more sinister, and more profound.
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Short Stories 1927-1956

Short Stories 1927-1956

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

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...
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Short Stories for Children

Short Stories for Children

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

The publication of Short Stories for Children 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. The third and last volume, Short Stories for Children, starts with Broomsticks and Other Tales of 1925, with its twelve stories, and continues with The Lord Fish of 1933 with seven stories. It includes three distinctive stories, 'Pigtails, Ltd', 'The Thief' and 'A Nose', that have never been reprinted since they originally appeared in Broomsticks. Quirky, disparate, unpredictable, acutely observed, sometimes frightening, and often preoccupied with states of mind and personal identity, these stories have much in...
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Short Stories 1895-1926

Short Stories 1895-1926

Walter De la Mare

Children's Books / Literature & Fiction / Poetry

The publication of Short Stories 1895-1926 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...
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