Index of Titles (D-F)



Alphabetical index of Titles appearing in Journals and Newsletters.


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A Daffodill in the Grasses of Mankind
Williamson, Anne
36 (Sep. 2000): 28-49
Subtitled ‘BEYOND – some insights into The Star-born’, the title phrase is taken from HW’s early journal which records his most personal thoughts and particularly his concern with Christ (the Khristos) in the 1920s. AW draws on this journal and other diaries and documents for early versions of The Star-born, and traces the direct influence of HW’s aunt, Mary Leopoldina Williamson, via her essay ‘Voices of the Visions of the Night’ (reprinted HWSJ 37 (Sep. 2001): 67-70), and the poets Blake, Francis Thompson, and Shelley (particularly 'Ode to the West Wind', 'Alastor', 'Prometheus Unbound'). Differences between the first ed. 1933 and rev. ed. 1948 are briefly discussed. The essay ends with reiteration that The Star-born must be considered the pivotal element of HW’s total oeuvre and central to his philosophy.
The Daily Trident
Lewis, Peter
22 (Sep. 1990): 44
The image of the 'Daily Trident' (Daily Mail) in the early twentieth century.

Dandelion Days: sample page of corrections

Williamson, Henry

30 (Sep. 1994): 40

A photocopy of a single page, as an example of the extent to which HW revised the book.
The Dark Lantern Illuminated
Lewis, Peter
NL7 (Mar. 2001): 31-5
Discussion of, including detailed drawing, and various appearances of in the Chronicle (esp. The Dark Lantern).
A Day Out in Brockley
Murphy, Pat
24 (Sep. 1991): 35-8
A description (with sketches) of the Lewisham area with reference to the early Chronicle novels.
Days of Wonder, Notes on
Gregory, John
17 (Mar. 1988): 26-7
An account of the excitement and difficulties associated with collecting HW's articles for the Daily Express.

Dear Filly . . . Love Harry

Gregory, John

43 (Sep. 2007): 56-65

Examination of previously unknown letters, and thus close friendship, from HW to Phyllis Maude Taylor (a school-friend of HW’s younger sister, Doris (Biddy).
Dear Friend of Le Lavandou
Williamson, Henry
28 (Sep. 1993): 22-4
A tribute to Richard Aldington first published in The Aylesford Review (1963).

Decline and Fall, Part I: The Crisis of the Chronicle

Coultas, Michael

46 (Sep. 2010): 71-8

A consideration of the later volumes of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, from The Power of the Dead onwards, in which the questions are posed: why in 1963 did HW feel he had to carry on with the Chronicle; and why did he think he had completed the sequence with The Gale of the World?

Decline and Fall, Part II: Ashes of the Phoenix

Coultas, Michael

47 (Sep. 2011): 62-75

An assessment of The Phoenix Generation as literature, with a consideration of Phillip Maddison's involvement with fascism.

Desert Island Discs

42 (Sep. 2006): 38-45

Transcript of HW’s appearance on this BBC Radio programme, 14 October 1969, as interviewed by Roy Plomley, with HW’s choice of records for his desert island.
The Devil’s Chariots: The Birth and Secret Battles of the First Tanks, John Glanfield (Sutton Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-7509-2706-2)
Gregory, John (Review)
38 (Sep. 2002): 96
A meticulously researched and well-written history of the origins, and associated politics, of the tanks which emerged as a weapon vehicle of the First World War. An important work within the history of WW1. John Glanfield was the first chair of the HW Society.
Devon Diapason
Dakers, Dr Lionel, OBE
35 (Sep. 1999): 36-7
Reminiscence of HW by Dr Dakers who was organist at Exeter Cathedral when HW’s youngest son Harry (by his second wife, Christine) was a chorister, and thus met and became friends with HW.

A Devon Stream

Williamson, Henry

46 (Sep. 2010): 29-33

Reprinted from the anthology Countryside Mood (Blandford Press), this article describes the efforts that the author made to rejuvenate the River Bray at Shallowford. Although never reprinted as such, various parts of it were used in other articles and books, identified by the editor, which makes  it an interesting example of the complex ways in which HW recycled his material.
The Difficulties of Rural Writing
Williamson, Henry
25 (Mar. 1992): 28-30
An article concerning the problem of writing objectively, first published in The Countryman (1933).

Dixie Days of 1934: Henry Williamson in the Deep South

Jowett, Tony

45 (Sep. 2009): 81-99

An illustrated exploration of HW's second and last visit to the US, when he stayed with Mrs Robert Reese at Augusta, Georgia.
The Doom of the Otter
Knox, E.V.
2 (Oct. 1980): 21-5
A humorous pastiche of Tarka the Otter taken from Knox's Here's Misery (1928).
The Dream of Fair Men
Robins, Peter K.
12 (Sep. 1985): 7-9
A brief exposition of the relationship between HW and T.E. Lawrence.

The Dream of Flax

Rose, Rev'd A.

39 (Sep. 2003): 65

Facsimile reproduction of a note (c. 1924) from Rev’d Rose, vicar of Georgeham about The Dream of Fair Women. Rev'd Rose features as ‘Rev Garside’ in the novels.
The Dreamer of Devon
West, Herbert Faulkner
31 (Sep. 1995): 62-70
An account of a short stay with HW during his Shallowford days.

Barry Driscoll (1926–2006)

Williamson, Anne

42 (Sep. 2006): 96

An obituary of the artist who illustrated the Nonesuch edition of Tarka the Otter (1964).

A Dual Heritage

Williamson, Anne

42 (Sep. 2006): 5-34

An examination of Henry Williamson’s German ancestry and its implications for, and influence on, his writing. Particularly, can we see the effects of his German genes in his writing? Includes references to Goethe, Schiller, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Wagner, George Eliot, Thomas Mann and John Galsworthy. Includes illustrative material.

Dulce et Decorum est
Homan, John
18 (Sep. 1988): 4

An introduction to an issue of the Journal commemorating the seventieth anniversary of 11 November 1918.
Editor's Preface from The West Country Magazine, No. 1
Elwin, Malcolm
33 (Sep. 1997): 57-8
A statement of policy.

Educating the Cuckoo

Williamson, Henry

47 (Sep. 2011): 52-5

A short account, written for children, of the transfer of a cuckoo's egg from the nest of a bottle-bird (long-tailed tit) to that of a starling.
Edward Thomas Exhibition
Reed, Paul
18 (Sep. 1988): 15
A description of an exhibition mounted by the Imperial War Museum.

An Edwardian Boyhood: The View of the Child in Henry Williamson's A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight

Delaney, Lesley

44 (Sep. 2008): 71-8

An extract (being Chapter 4: 'Education and Nature') from the author's dissertation for an MA in Children's Literature, University of Surrey, 2004.
En Passant
Shepherd, Fred
19 (Mar. 1989): 15
An acknowledgement of the recognition given to Georgeham as a place of literary pilgrimage, and a note regarding C.W.R. Nevinson, the artist (Channerson in The Phoenix Generation).
The Estuary: An Artist's Eye View
Rothwell, Peter
6 (Oct. 1982): 20-4
An appreciation of the Estuary of the Two Rivers and the Braunton Burrows.
Evelyn Waugh as a Fictional Character
Manley, Jeffrey A.
NL5 (Mar. 1999): 36-45
Resumé of HW’s characterisation of Waugh as ‘Anthony Cruft’ in the Chronicle, with background information about Waugh.
An Exercise in Trail Guiding
Kitts, Barry
25 (Mar. 1992): 23-4
Details of a graphic design project which involved the 'Tarka Trail'.

Existential Criticism: Selected Book Reviews

Colin Wilson (Paupers' Press, 2009, ISBN 0-946650-98-5)

Williamson, Anne (Review)

46 (Sep. 2010): 93

A collection of Wilson's book reviews, including one of Fr Brocard Sewell's Henry Williamson, The Man, The Writings (1980), though Wilson uses the review as an opportunity to snipe at HW himself.
Extracts from The Colfeian
Heath, George
5 (May 1982): 34-6
Selections of relevant passages from HW's old school magazine, including a letter describing life in the trenches, written by HW in 1915. (The article misattributes the selection to Stephen Clarke.)
The Falcon Maps (and) A Note
Williamson, Anne
16 (Sep. 1987): 19-21
Background information on the artist Thomas Adolphus Falcon and reproductions of the two maps which were originally intended to decorate the endpapers of Tarka the Otter.
Farm Days
Robins, Peter K.
17 (Mar. 1988): 20-2
An account of a visit to Stiffkey and a meeting with Harold Jarvis (son of Tom, 'Bob' in The Story of a Norfolk Farm).

A Felixstowe Friendship

Williamson, Anne (compiler)

43 (Sep. 2007): 50-5

Setting out letters (1918-42) to HW’s wartime comrade and friend from the Felixstowe era, Capt. C.O. Whitfield, showing his thoughts as various annual Bedfordshire Regiment dinners pass.

Felixstowe Plaque

46 (Sep. 2010): 78

An announcement of the intention of the Felixstowe Society to erect a series of plaques to ecelbrate well-known residents, including one commemorating HW's stay at 9 Manor Terrace from Oct. 1917 to Dec. 1918.
Field Garden
Williamson, Henry
6 (Oct. 1982): 36-43
An article which originally appeared in A Book of Gardens, ed. Turner (1963), in which HW describes the changing aspects of the Ox's Cross field with special emphasis on the fortunes of partridges living there.

Field of Vision: The Broadcast Life of Kenneth Allsop, Mark Andresen (Trafford, 2004, ISBN 1-4120-2407-2)

Williamson, Anne (Review)

40 (Sep. 2004): 95-6

A briography of the broadcaster and writer, in which the reviewer expands on his sometimes fraught relationship with HW, particularly after HW appeared on Allsop's programme 'Personal Choice'.

The Firing Gatherer, from The Village Book (1930)

Williamson, Henry

Comments by Evans, Tony

NL15 (Mar. 2009): 24-6

A reprint of HW's essay, with additional comments on wrecking and wreckers – those who collected wreckage washed ashore, and in this instance, the particular practice of collecting driftwood for their fires.
The First Fifty Years of the West Country Writers’ Association, Anne Double (WCWA, 2001)
Williamson, Anne (Review)
37 (Sep. 2001): 94
Henry Williamson’s association with the WCWA began at its inauguration in 1950, and he was President from 1960–65, when he demoted himself to Vice-President, which he held until his death in 1977. Written in an erudite but humorous style, this book celebrates the many writers and personalities that have been involved in the WCWA, not least the present President, the eminent playwright Christopher Fry (The Lady’s Not for Burning, etc.). A valuable contribution to the background of the literary life of this interesting group of writers, with some fresh information (inc. photos) about HW.
A First Meeting with Henry Williamson
Gregory, John
3 (May 1981): 6-9
An account of a meeting at Ox's Cross in 1968.
The Flax of Dream
Homan, John
20 (Sep. 1989): 38-44
Bibliographical notes on The Flax of Dream sequence including The Star-born.

The Flax of Dream: A Review

Mais, S.P.B.

39 (Sep. 2003): 5, 17

Reprinted from Woman’s Weekly, 23 Oct. 1943, ‘Good Book for the Month’. In the midst of WW2 Mais presents a cogent argument for ‘what may be considered Henry Williamson’s greatest achievement’ [at that time].

Flaxen Words: an early typescript fragment

Williamson, Henry

39 (Sep. 2003): 61-4

4 extant pages (not consecutive) of early typescript: mainly a description of the fight between HW and Frank [Davis] (fictionalised as Julian Warbeck) in Skirr Cottage in 1921.
Fledgeling Thoughts (Part 1 of talk on ‘The London Trilogy)
Williamson, Anne
38 (Sep. 2002): 10-20
An examination of the early notebooks and journals of HW revealing his thoughts and first attempts at writing stories, including extracts from his unpublished important 1920 journal, containing much material subsequently used in published work. Includes photographs of HW at the grave of Richard Jefferies, and of his school friend Rupert Bryers, who features in the books and was killed in WW1.
Flossie Flowers Revealed?
Homan, John
22 (Sep 1990): 42-3
The character in Love and the Loveless linked to Rosa Lewis.
The Folkestone Connection
Walker, Ronald
28 (Sep. 1993): 40-51
The abridged text of a talk given at a Society meeting (1992) which explores the place of Folkestone in the writings of HW.

Following 'A Wild Goose Chase': HW, the King of Redonda, and Wilfrid Ewart's Way of Revelation

Williamson, Anne

47 (Sep. 2011): 85-99

The intriguing story of HW, John Gawsworth (the King of Redonda, who ennobled HW to the 'Duchy of Tarka & Ewart'), and their involvement with the literary papers of Wilfrid Ewart, accidentally killed in Mexico City on 31 December 1922, in particular the search for a non-existent alternative ending to Way of Revelation.
Food Shortage At Home, 1917
34 (Sep: 1998): 35
Facsimile of document dated 29 May 1917.
For the Record
Robins, Peter K.
23 (Mar. 1991): 30-1
Details of recordings of HW held in the British Library National Sound Archive (NSA).
Forty Years in Wild Devon
Beer, Noel
25 (Mar. 1992): 24-5
A short account of a lecture given by HW at the Devon Festival of the Arts in 1954.

'Found Poems'

Coultas, Michael

46 (Set. 2010): 86-7

Two examples of 'found poems', both taken from Lucifer before Sunrise.

A Founder Member Writes

Osborne, Tim

47 (Sep. 2011): 103

A short account of the inaugural meeting of the Society in 1980.
'The Fox in the Moonlight'
Williamson, Henry
36 (Sep. 2000): 54-5
Facsimile reproduction of a sheet of corrected galley proofs of this story first published in The Labouring Life (1932) for the revised version in Tales of a Devon Village (1945) where HW adds in a paragraph about Jesus of Nazareth (Christ).
A Fragment
Sanders, Brian
15 (Mar. 1987): 25-8
An account of a first meeting with HW by an old boy of Colfe's School.

From a Book of Clippings . . .

7 (May 1983): 19-20

A reprint of the Sunday Observer's report (17 June 1928) of the presentation of the Hawthornden Prize to HW; and a 'Beachcomber' column from the Daily Express (15 November 1934) parodying the style of Tarka the Otter.
From 'A Wartime Norfolk Journal': Easter 1944
Williamson, Henry
36 (Sep. 2000): 74-5
Reprinted from The Adelphi, vol. 23, no. 2, Jan-March 1947, this article relates an ethos very apposite to The Star-born and shows that HW’s thinking about Christ and the meaning of life was linked not just to WW1, but also to WW2.
From Dandelion Days
Shepherd, Fred
6 (Oct. 1982): 32-5
A discussion of HW's feelings toward his old school, including a photograph of him as a member of the Colfe Field Club.
From Manuscript to Printed Edition
Jones, Terence
16 (Sep. 1987): 3-6
A brief comparison of surviving manuscripts of Tarka the Otter.
From the Back of a Picture
Shepherd, Fred
23 (Mar. 1991): 44-5
A reprint of a review of The Story of a Norfolk Farm found as the backing paper of a watercolour.

From the Chairman

Glanfield, John

1 (July 1980): 7

A welcome to new and prospective members of the fledgling Society by its new Chairman.

Christopher Fry (1907–2005)

Williamson, Anne

42 (Sep. 2006): 95

Obituary of the poet and playwright: took over from HW as President of the West Country Writers Association in 1965.
Further Memories of Henry Williamson
Priest, Guy
6 (Oct. 1982): 12-19
Recounting a meeting during the writing of Salar the Salmon, and later encounters in Devon.
Further Notes for the Chronicle
Williamson, Henry
34 (Sep. 1998): 66-7
A facsimile of some preparatory note for The Golden Virgin.