Williamson, Henry, 1895-1977

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Birth 1895-12-01
Death 1977-08-13

Biographical notes:

Henry Williamson (1895-1977), writer, was born in south London and educated at Colfe's Grammar School, Lewisham. He fought in the army in the First World War and gained a deep sense of the futility of conflict as a result. He worked as a journalist for a short while before writing his first novel, 'The Beautiful Years', in 1921. This became volume one of a quartet, named 'The Flax of Dreams'. At the same time he moved to North Devon and, in 1927, wrote there 'Tarka the Otter', the book on which his fame most heavily rests, and 'A Patriot's Progress' (1930), based on his trench experiences. After 'Salar the Salmon' (1935) he became an outspoken supporter of German reform and British fascism, which led to his being briefly interned at the start of the war. His postwar work, which is arguably his most important, is a cycle of fifteen novels entitled, 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight', which was completed in 1960.

From the guide to the Henry Williamson: manuscript of 'The Owl', Aug 1920, (Special Collections Archives, University of Exeter (GB0029))

Henry Williamson (1895-1977) was an English author, naturalist, and farmer.

From the guide to the Henry Williamson papers, 1934-1966, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

English novelist.

From the description of Letter, 1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122699652

British author and novelist.

From the description of Letters, 1946-1948. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122480255

English novelist who is known for his sensitive but unsentimental handling of nature themes.

From the description of Correspondence, 1944-1952. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122536374

English author and novelist.

From the description of Lucifer before sunrise, 1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122367823

From the description of Papers, 1934-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122606021


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