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Critical reception

 

Appendix (draft pages from HW's introduction)

 

Book covers

 

 

Critical reception:

 

 

The first review here is out of chronological sequence – but as it reflects an overview vision of the book it makes a useful 'introduction'.

 

Homes and Gardens, July 1951:

 

farrar rev homes

 

The Tatler (Gordon Beckles), 22 November 1950:

 

farrar review tatler

 

Liverpool Daily Post (J.C.R.), 29 November 1950:

 

farrar rev liverpool

 

The Observer (Denis Thomas), 3 December 1950:

 

farrar rev observer

 

John O'London's Weekly, 8 December 1950:

 

farrar rev johnolondon

 

New Statesman & Nation (Nigel Nicolson), 9 December 1950:

 

farrar rev statesman

 

Daily Herald, 11 December 1950:

 

This review, under heading 'Time was short', gives just basic details about the book. Interestingly, the text was copied by the following rather unusual source:

 

Egyptian Gazette (Cairo), 19 December 1950:

 

farrar rev egyptian

 

Punch (H.P.E.), 20 December 1950:

 

farrar review punch

 

 

The Spectator, 22 December 1950:

 

farrar review spectator

 

Public Opinion (Howard Sergeant), 12 January 1951:

 

farrar rev public

 

Sheffield Telegraph (C. A. Renshaw), 26 January 1951:

 

farrar rev sheffield

 

Everywoman (Lyn Arnold), February 1951:

 

farrar rev everywoman

 

He was a good boy, in the true sense of the word. He was keen, he worked hard, he strove for truth, he kept himself fit for his work, he lived in the sense of his own humility. He lost his life in a Mosquito aircraft over the English channel on the twenty-sixth day of July, 1944, three months short of his twenty-first birthday.

 

So in his preface Henry Williamson speaks of James Farrar . . . whose now published [writings] are his epitaph. . . .

 

If the critics have overpraised him, how understandable, and how right, when a poet paints a whole countryside under wind with his four short perfect words “the mad meadow-grass”; when a write makes the very silence pulsate in the still, dark orchard where two boys stand and wait “breathing as if slyly stealing the air”. . . .

 

Truth, 8 February 1951:

 

farrar rev truth

 

The Scotsman, 8 February 1951:

 

farrar rev scotsman

 

The Cambridge Review (P. M. Green), 10 February 1951:

 

farrar rev cambridge1

 

farrar rev cambridge2

 

farrar rev cambridge3

 

The Times, 23 March 1951:

 

farrar review times

 

 

Poetry Review (E. H. W. Meyerstein), April 1951:

 

farrar rev poetry

 

The Times Literary Supplement, 23 March 1951:

 

farrar rev tls

 

 

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1968 edition:

 

Country Life (Richard Church), 12 December 1968 (column of reviews headed 'Fundamental Values')

 

The first paragraph of the reviews reads:

 

farrar rev countrylife1

 

The section on James Farrar follows:

 

farrar rev countrylife2

 

Irish Independent (Monk Gibbon), 1 February 1969 (quirky – an interesting comparison with Henry James):

 

farrar rev irish

 

Daily Mail, 18 April 1969:

 

farrar rev mail

 

Lincolnshire Echo, 11 August 1969 (an interesting selection of books):

 

farrar rev lincolnshire

 

 

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Poetry Review, April 1959:

 

That HW tried to promote Farrar's work whenever he could is evinced by the following article published in the Poetry Review:

 

farrar rev poetryreview1

 

farrar rev poetryreview2

 

farrar rev poetryreview3

 

farrar rev poetryreview4

 

Further, there is the following letter from HW which does not have a source or date (other than the date of the letter, 21 September), but is probably from the Western Morning News. There is unfortunately no cutting of the 'publicity' material to which he refers:

 

farrar hwletter

 

 

 

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Appendix:

 

There are some pages from HW's draft 'Introduction' in the literary archive, of which the following is a selection:

 

 

farrar intro1

 

farrar intro2

 

farrar intro3

 

farrar intro4

 

farrar intro5

 

farrar intro6

 

farrar intro7

 

farrar intro8

 

 

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Book covers:

 

 

Williams and Norgate, 1950; front cover and spine, rear cover, and front flap:

 

farrar 1950 cover

 

farrar 1950 back

 

farrar 1950 blurb

 

 

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Chatto & Windus, 1968; front cover and spine, and blurb from front flap:

 

farrar 1968 cover

 

farrar 1968 blurb

 

 

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Autolycus Press, 1986; front cover and spine, rear cover, and inside flaps:

 

farrar 1986 cover

 

farrar 1986 back

 

farrar 1986 blurb1           farrar 1986 blurb2

 

 

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Friends of Honeywood Museum (Carshalton), 2008; front and back covers:

 

farrar 2008 cover

 

farrar 2008 back

 

 

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