De La Mare, Walter

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De La Mare, Walter Gender: M
born on 25 April 1873 at 16:30 (= 4:30 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 05°30' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 18°48 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 07°49'


British poet and novelist, probably best known for his novel, "Memoirs of a Midget," 1921.

The son of an official at the Bank of England, and reputed to be related to Robert Browning through his mother, De La Mare grew up in relatively privileged circumstances. He attended St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School in London until age 16 when he took a job in the accounting department of Anglo-American Oil Company where he worked from 1890 to 1908. His first book, "Songs of Childhood," 1902 was published under his pen name, Walter Ramal.

Although De La Mare began his writing career in 1895, it wasn’t until he was awarded an annual government pension in 1908 that he devoted himself to his passion. His interest in the macabre was revealed in a number of stories that dealt with the supernatural, including "The Return," 1910, an eerie story of spirit possession. His first truly successful work, "The Listeners and Other Poems," was released in 1912. A number of his books were composed of children’s stories and verse including the successful "The Three Mulla Mulgars," 1910, later re-titled "The Three Royal Monkeys."

De La Mare continued to write for the remainder of his life. He lived quietly in Taplow in Buckinghamshire with his wife and their four children. In 1948, he was made a Companion of Honour, and in 1953, he was awarded the Order of Merit. De La Mare died on 6/22/1956, Twickenham, near London, and was buried at St. Paul’s Cathedral. (His death is listed as 1953, 1956 and 1958 in different accounts.)

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1921 (Published "Memoirs of a Midget")
  • Work : New Career 1890 (Accountant, 18 years)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1902 (First book released)
  • Work : New Career 1895 (Began his writing career)
  • Financial : Gain significant money 1908 (Awarded government pension)
  • Work : Prize 1948 (Companion of Honor Award)
  • Work : Prize 1953 (Awarded the Order of Merit)

Source Notes

Original entry had time at 16:40 (Sally Davis quotes Theresa Whistler, "Imagination of the Heart: The Life of Walter de la Mare, Gerald Duckworth and Co Ltd 1993, p.3-4, p.10, "born in Woolwich, S. London."). However, in January 2005, Sy Scholfield quoted the same book by Theresa Whistler, "The Life of Walter de la Mare" (London: Duckbacks, 2003), pp. 3+10: "Jack ... was probably born in one or other of these rooms. It was at 4.30, three and a half hours after high tide, in the afternoon of Friday 25 April [1873]."


  • Vocation : Business : CPA/ Auditor/ Accountant (Accountant, eighteen years)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Nom-de-plum)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Order of Merit, Companion of Honour)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Long term)
  • Traits : Personality : Private