Walter Raymond


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(1852–1931) married (1878) Mary Elizabeth Johnston. He was educated privately, ran a glove-making business, and lived in Taunton. Ernest Rhys commented that ‘when he sat by the fire [he] … turned himself into an old Wessex farmer with round, humorous face and voice to match.… In his writing … he was rarely as good as in his oral tale-telling. One misses the voice and the touches that give life to a story.… His struggle to provide for his family by his pen intrigued us the more because his struggle was so like ours.’ He wrote West Country idylls, including Fortune's Darling (1901), Good Souls of Cider-Land (1901), The Revenues of the Wicked (1911), a historical romance set in the early nineteenth century, about the love of a lawyer's clerk for a farmer's daughter, and books about crafts and local studies such as Somerset and Her Folk Movement (1921) and Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree: A Volume of Rural Lore and Anecdote (1928). He also wrote as ‘Tom Cobbleigh’.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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