Manuscript of 'The Owl', with corrections. 'The owl' is an unpublished short story from the very beginning of Williamson's writing career, running to twenty five manuscript pages in his hand. The climax of the story is a romantic encounter which is echoed by the behaviour of two owls. The manuscript comes from a collection of books and manuscripts given to a girlfriend, Susan Connely and includes the envelope Willliamson used to send the manuscript to her.
Henry Williamson: manuscript of 'The Owl'
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Henry Williamson (1895-1977), writer, was born in south London and educated at Colfe's Grammar School, Lewisham. He fought in the army in the First World War and gained a deep sense of the futility of conflict as a result. He worked as a journalist for a short while before writing his first novel, 'The Beautiful Years', in 1921. This became volume one of a quartet, named 'The Flax of Dreams'. At the same time he moved to North Devon and, in 1927, wrote there 'Tarka the Otter', the book on which his fame most heavily rests, and 'A Patriot's Progress' (1930), based on his trench experiences. After 'Salar the Salmon' (1935) he became an outspoken supporter of German reform and British fascism, which led to his being briefly interned at the start of the war. His postwar work, which is arguably his most important, is a cycle of fifteen novels entitled, 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight', which was completed in 1960.
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Description compiled by Sue Inskip, 24 Jul 2009
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