Davies, W.H. (William Henry), 1871-1940

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Welsh-born English poet who lived the life of a tramp in England and the U.S. until about 1905 and then devoted himself to writing.

From the description of W. H. Davies untitled poem, [manuscript], n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 247516960

English poet and novelist.

From the description of W. H. Davies letter to Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [manuscript] June 27, 1905. (Ohio University). WorldCat record id: 12982686

W. H. Davies (1871-1940) was a Welsh poet, writer and traveler around the United States and United Kingdom. Davies personally financed the printing of his first book The Soul's Destroyer in 1905 at a cost of £19. The book was generally ignored. Desperate for money, Davies compiled a list of prominent persons, and wrote to each sending a copy to the book and a request for financial assistance.

From the guide to the W. H. Davies letter to Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, June 27, 1905, (Ohio University)

Welsh poet and writer.

From the description of Thunderstorms : autograph manuscript of the poem signed : place not specified, 1914 May 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270539175

Epithet: poet

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001149.0x0001b7

W.H. Davies was an English poet and novelist. The University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections has a mandate to acquire literary papers.

From the description of W.H. Davies fonds. [1921-1936]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 667848427

Author W.H. Davies was born in Wales, and grew up in impoverished and often troubled circumstances. Restless and unsettled, he travelled to America, where he worked odd jobs and panhandled until he lost a leg in a train accident and returned to London. He self-published a book of poetry in 1905 that came to the attention of George Bernard Shaw and Edward Thomas, who sponsored Davies' next effort, the successful memoir Autobiography of a Supertramp, with editorial assistance from Thomas and a preface by Shaw. Davies continued to develop a successful writing career, alternating between novels and poetry; his work is distinguished by simple, direct lyricism and fueled by his fresh, almost naive outlook.

From the description of W.H. Davies manuscript poem and broadside poem, circa 1919. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 64190350

British poet and writer William Henry Davies (1871-1940) drew inspiration from his travels. His Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908) told of his experiences begging, picking fruit, and tramping through the United States. His life as a tramp led to the loss of his leg, as he tried to hop a train on his way to the Klondike in search of gold. Davies' The True Traveller (1912) and The Adventures of Johnny Walker, Tramp (1926) are both semi-autobiographical. After initial rejections by several publishers, Davies' poetry was published by C.A. Watt's and Co. and later gained the support of George Bernard Shaw and others.

Thomas Moult (1893-1974), British critic and novelist known for his compilations of poetry, included a number of Davies' poems in his Georgian Poetry (1920) and authored W.H. Davies, a biography published in 1934.

From the guide to the William Henry Davies Letter to Mr. [Thomas] Moult (MS 152), 1919, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

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referencedIn G K Chesterton Papers, 1877-1988 British Library: Western Manuscripts
referencedIn Inventory of The Legion Papers: Rare MSS 00149 ., 1927-1935 Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn William Henry Davies (Penclawdd), 1895-1948 Swansea University.
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. W. H. Davies letter to Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [manuscript] June 27, 1905. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Davies, William Henry, 1871-1940. Autograph letter signed : the Weald, Near Sevenoaks, to Mr. Matthews, 1908 May 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf William Henry Davies Letter to Mr. [Thomas] Moult (MS 152), 1919 University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. W. H. Davies untitled poem, [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letters : London, to "My dear Meicklejohn," 1919-1921. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf W. H. Davies letter to Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, June 27, 1905 Ohio University
creatorOf Vol. II. (ff. 270). 21 June 1898-18 Dec. 1917.includes:ff. 1, 3 Alice Ellen Terry, GBE; actress: Letters to C. F. Shaw of Alice Ellen Terry: 1898.f. 4 Beatrice Moss Campbell, wife of Sir C H G Campbell: Letters, etc., to C. F. Shaw of Beatrice Mo... British Library
creatorOf Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981. Night wanderers / [words by] W.H. Davies ; [music by] Samuel Barber. Library of Congress
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. W.H. Davies manuscript poem and broadside poem, circa 1919. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letter to M--- Nr. Sevenoaks, Eng. 1907 July 16. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Spare, Austin Osman, 1886-1956. Records, 1915-1920. Indiana University
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Thunderstorms : autograph manuscript of the poem signed : place not specified, 1914 May 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928. Letters, 1896-1936. Indiana University
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letter, 1906 Dec. 17, to Mr. MacAlister. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. Papers pertaining to "The Enchanted Years" [manuscript], 1919-1922. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dello Joio, Norman, 1913-2008. Leisure : for mixed chorus and piano / [music by] Norman Dello Joio ; text by W.H. Davies. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945. The Poet-Tramp: W.H. Davies : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript signed of the essay, heavily revised draft, incorporating the manuscript of a review of Davies's "The Soul's Destroyer" [1905] entitled "A Poet of the Lodging-House", after 1922. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Correspondence, received unless otherwise stated, of Eleanor Farjeon with persons outside her family, writers A-D. Including: Claude Abbott, May Agate, Sir Bronson Albery, Viola Allen (Mrs Peter Duryea) and her sister Edith Allen Hall, William Armstr..., 1926-1996 British Library
creatorOf Vol. VII (ff. 181). 1910-1923.Franklin Thomas Grant Richards, author and publisher: Correspondence with Harold Monro from Franklin Thomas Grant Richards: 1920-1921: Signed and typewritten.Frank Sidgwick, of Sidgwick and Jackson: Letters to Harold Mon..., 1910-1923 British Library
creatorOf William Busch: vocal works, 1930-1944 British Library
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Postcards : Cornwall and London, to Ralph Hodgson, London, 1920-1922. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Lohf, Kenneth A.,. Autograph manuscripts (5) of World War I poems by various authors, 1916-1917 and [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Haines, John W. Letters to Wilfred Wilson Gibson, Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong, and Martin Donisthrope Armstrong [manuscript] 1931-32 and 1949. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981. Beggar's song / [words by] W.H. Davies ; [music by] Samuel Barber. Library of Congress
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Time turns back, the trial of William Shakespeare, told by W.H.Davies and broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation [manuscript], 1938 May 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf William Henry Davies, 'The Sleepers'; n.d., circa 1911. Autograph fair copy. The poem was first published in Songs of Joy and Others (1911). Elkin Mathews Cat. 172, item 163. Purchased 11 Feb. 1967. f. 1. 207 x 130mm.Poetry ENGLISH: William Henry Dav..., approximately 1911 British Library
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letter, 1933 May 5, to Mr. Winsten. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Edward Howard Marsh collection of papers, 1886]-1963, 1910-1952 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letter : East Grinstead, to Martin Secker, 1924 Nov. 13. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf LETTERS OF EMINENT PERSONS. Vol. I (ff. 140). Sixty-five letters, etc., mostly to members of the related Case and Stansfeld families; 1815-1942. See J. Stansfeld, History of the Family of Stansfeld of Stansfield in the Parish of Halifax, Leeds, 1885...., 1815-1942 British Library
creatorOf POETRY BOOKSHOP PAPERS. Vol. XXIV (ff. 133). Miscellaneous papers, including publicity material, drafts for Poetry Bookshop publications, agreements, correspondence and pamphlets; 1915-1956. Partly typewritten, partly signed, partly printed.includes:..., 1915-1956 British Library
creatorOf Davies, William Henry, 1871-1940. Strong moments : autograph manuscript signed of the poem : Sevenoaks, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letter to Mr [?]. Sevenoaks, Eng. 1913 June 12. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. LI (ff. 182). Correspondence with:1. ff. 1-1v. Richard Clarke Cabot; 1922.2. ff. 2-4. Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine; 1915-1923, n.d. Partly signed.3. ff. 5-5v. Dion Clayton Calthrop; 1933.4. ff. 6-7v. Marie Cammaerts; 1913..., 1894-1936 British Library
creatorOf RUTLAND BOUGHTON CORRESPONDENCE. Vol. I (ff. 186). A-Scott, including:-(a) Frederic Austin; 1915, 1924. Partly signed. F. 1 printed, in part, by Hurd, on p. 56. ff. 1-4;-(b) Granville Bantock; 1913-1946. Partly signed. F. 7 printed on pp. 43-4. ff...., 1913-1954 British Library
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letter : Sevenoaks, to James Guthrie, 1910 June 28. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library
creatorOf Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981. Love's caution / [words by] W.H. Davies ; [music by] Samuel Barber. Library of Congress
creatorOf Davies, William Henry, 1871-1940. Days that have been : autograph manuscript signed of the poem : [n.p., n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. W.H. Davies fonds. [1921-1936]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letters to [?] Mathews. 1908-1914. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Davies, W. H. (William Henry), 1871-1940. Letter : East Grinstead, to Mr. Grubb, 1926 Feb. 20. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
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associatedWith Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981. person
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associatedWith De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. person
associatedWith Dello Joio, Norman, 1913-2008. person
associatedWith Gibson, Wilfred Wilson, 1878-1962, person
associatedWith Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928. person
associatedWith Guthrie, James, b. 1874. person
associatedWith Haines, John W. person
associatedWith Hodgson, Ralph, 1871-1962. person
associatedWith Looker, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1888-1965. person
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correspondedWith Quiller-Couch, Arthur Thomas, Sir, 1863-1944 person
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associatedWith Thomas, Edward, 1878-1917. person
associatedWith William Henry Davies person
associatedWith Winsten, Stephen. person
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Male authors, English--20th century--Poetry
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English literature--20th century
Poets, English--20th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1871-07-03

Death 1940-09-26

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