Walter Raymond - The Man - His Work and Letters Evelyn V. Clark and Somerset & Her Folk Movement by Walter Raymond by Raymond Walter Raymond

ISBN: 9781408629437

Published: October 1st 2007

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224 pages


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Walter Raymond - The Man - His Work and Letters  by  Evelyn V. Clark and Somerset & Her Folk Movement by Walter Raymond by Raymond Walter Raymond

Walter Raymond - The Man - His Work and Letters by Evelyn V. Clark and Somerset & Her Folk Movement by Walter Raymond by Raymond Walter Raymond
October 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9781408629437 | 6.12 Mb

1933-FOREWORD THERE w ere several reasons for deciding that the Memorial to Walter Raymond should take the form of a uniform edition of his principal works, and though, to enumerate them, it is necessary to place these reasons in order, it does notMore1933-FOREWORD THERE w ere several reasons for deciding that the Memorial to Walter Raymond should take the form of a uniform edition of his principal works, and though, to enumerate them, it is necessary to place these reasons in order, it does not follow that one carried more weight than another in the minds of those with whom the decision lay.

Firstly, Walter Raymond always hoped that his works might one day be published in this form. Secondly, it seems a fitting and a lasting Memorial. Thirdly, it was felt that his work deserved to be more widely known. And fourthly, it would be a disaster if such a wealth of folk-lore, county history, natural history, and dialect, were allowed to sink into oblivion.

Perhaps one day it may be possible to add more of his books to this set, particularly A Short History of Somerset. Somerset is a land of variety the tumuli and caves of Mendip and the Lake Village at Meare are memorials of prehistoric times the city of Bath and the Fosse Way speak of the Roman occupation the Isle of Avalon is ever sacred as the site of the first Christian church, founded, according to tradition, by Saint Joseph of Arimathzea there is the legendary Camelot of King Arthur Athelney, the island refuge of King Alfred, and Wedmore, his famous Court Glastonbury Tor, the Calvary where the saintly Abbot Richard Whyting and his two faithful monks were hanged, and Sedgemoor, the scene of the last battle fought on English soil.

There are wild hills and quiet wooded hills, sleepy valleys where the orchards blow, the flat low-lying moors in the centre and in the west there is Exmoor, the greater part of which lies within the county. Each has its peculiar charm, yet all blend to makethat spirit which finds expression in the homely folk with their soft Anglo-Saxon speech. Walter Raymond understood and loved them all, and moreover, he was master of a simple style of writing which is so well suited to describing them. It was not possible to be with him for long without realizing that only to those who are ready to tune their minds to simple things does Nature disclose her richest treasures.

Some may ask what is to be gained by preserving records of these things of the past, which have no place in the affairs of to-day. Surely all things must have foundations, which are still necessary, though they may be obscured by that which is built on them...



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