Introduction, vii; Abbreviations, ix; STORIES IN COLLECTIONS; BROOMSTICKS AND OTHER TALES (1925); Pigtails, Ltd, 3; The Dutch Cheese, 18; Miss Jemima, 24; The Thief, 43; Broomsticks, 52; Lucy, 70; A Nose, 91; The Three Sleeping Boys of Warwickshire, 118; The Lovely Myfanwy, 135; Alice's Godmother, 158; Maria-Fly, 177; Visitors, 187; THE LORD FISH (1933); The Lord Fish, 197; A Penny a Day, 222; The Magic Jacket, 237; Dick and the Beanstalk, 261; The Scarecrow, 288; The Old Lion, 305; Sambo and the Snow Mountains, 329; Bibliographical Appendix, 349.
Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was one of the leading poets and novelists of the twentieth century. His writings are known throughout the world, and have been translated into numerous languages. He wrote poetry and fiction for both adults and children. He is loved and admired equally by the young and the old. Together with the Complete Poems, published in 1969 and now back in print -- and also edited by Giles de la Mare -- Short Stories I, II and III provide the definitive text of all Walter de la Mare's creative writings apart from the four novels. De la Mare was in addition an anthologist of genius and an outstanding literary critic, serving as the main critic on the TLS for many years.
"'What strikes one most about [them] is how truly peculiar they are... it is good to see these dark and disquieting stories back in print.' TLS on Short Stories 1895-1926 and Short Stories 1927-1956 'He was so..."great" that, like all the greatest, his greatness functions as an assumption that goes hardly even recognized...the chief emotion is, as it should be, one of immense gratitude.' Martin Seymour-Smith in Scotland on Sunday on Short Stories 1895-1926 'Beautiful, enigmatic and disquieting stories.' Lord David Cecil 'De la Mare is a master of mise-en-scene...Prose with the most vivid and unsettling intensity, which resembles some of what the surrealists were producing in France...' Angela Carter"