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Title: Walter de la Mare (1873 to 1956) : a critical study
Author: Smith, R. T. S.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1981
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De la Mare's poetry and novels are dealt with in a roughly chronological manner, and his development as a writer traced by this means. Houever, this pattern is broken up by separate chapters on his belle lettres, the short stories and his writing for children. The second of these particularly emphasizes the distinctive attitude to the nature of truth as subjective which pervades all de la Mare's work and which he developed into its artistic fullness in his now too little known short fiction. The two other chapters which do not follow the chronological pattern are elucidations of themes which run through the entire thesis: de la Mare's interest in childhood and in dream. Both of those chapters involve a discussion of his distinctive language, developed to express and arouse individual subconscious feelings and near ineffable responses. The conclusion is a brief attempt to bring all these themes in the work together into an historical artistic and philosophic perspective.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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