Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied. Grigson divided most of his last years between Wiltshire and the village of Troo in France. From weathercocks to rainbows, place names and poets to mazes, dene-holes, crypts and sham ruins, via avenues, Roman roads, dewponds and village greens, The Shell Country Alphabet will help you look beyond the familiar sights of our landscape and discover the hidden, magical world that remains, just off the motorway. We hope you glad to visit our website. He first came to prominence in the 1930s as a poet, then as editor from 1933 of the influential poetry magazine New Verse.
From green men, ice-scratches, cross-legged knights and weathercocks to rainbows, clouds and stars; from place-names and poets to mazes, dene-holes and sham ruins, via avenues, dewponds and village greens, The Shell Country Alphabet will help you discover the world that remains, just off the motorway. The book is peppered with poems, one of which is by Wordsworth which Grigson has used in his dedication to Colin Banks — Not in Utopia, subterranean fields, — Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where! Geoffrey Grigson was married three times, firstly to Frances Galt who passed away in 1937 after a battle with tuberculosis; then to Bertschy Emma Kunert, and lastly to Jane McIntire who worked as a food writer. He published 13 collections of poetry, and wrote on travel, on art notably works on Samuel Palmer, Wyndham Lewis and Henry Moore , on the English countryside, and on botany, among other subjects. It's full of idiosyncratic snippets of information about the British countryside: how traditional housing was built, how to identify where an ancient barrow or Roman road might lie, or what stone was quarried to build the local housing. Some of the more lovely names cockshoot which is nothing like it looks! With her, he founded the poetry magazine New Verse.
Contains a comprehensive Geoffrey Grigson bibliography. If this were intended to be read from start to finish, the problem would not be so bad, but it's a reference work. He died in 1985 in , Wiltshire, and is buried there in Christ Church Churchyard. It's full of idiosyncratic snippets of information about the British countryside: how traditional housing was built, how to identify where an ancient barrow or Roman road might lie, or what stone was quarried to build the local housing. His childhood in rural Cornwall had a significant influence on his poetry and writing in later life. He first came to prominence in the 1930s as a poet, then as editor from 1933 of the influential poetry magazine New Verse. The entries are arranged alphabetically, beginning with Aber and ending with Zodiacal Light.
Grigson's second marriage was to Berta Emma Kunert, who bore him two children, Anna and , the jazz musician and educator. The inscription on his father's slate headstone in Pelynt Churchyard is the work of , 1931. Although this is an encyclopedia with hundreds of entries in alphabetical order, there is no active table of contents. Perhaps a corrected version will appear someday, but until then ebook readers must put up with this flawed edition of a delightful and very readable and informative classic. The lengthy entry on Henges and Standing Stones asks the question what they were for, and Grigson argues that they may have been no more than supports for fencing with the spaces between the stones being filled with thorn, hurdles or loose stones — corrals in other words this suggested back in 1966! The entries are listed at the start of the book, grouped by category, and hyperlinks there would have solved the problem. When is the best time to spot a shooting star or a glow worm? So there is no way to go quickly and directly to any entry. Sophie Grigson is the daughter of Jane and Geoffrey Grigson and an acclaimed cookery writer and presenter.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2009, accessed 2 December 2013. But in the very world, which is the world Of all of us, — the place where in the end, We find our happiness, or not at all. You can also find customer support email or phone in the next page and ask more details about availability of this book. Later in life he was a noted critic, reviewer, and compiler of acclaimed anthologies. From green men, ice-scratches, cross-legged knights and weathercocks to rainbows, clouds and stars; from place-names and poets to mazes, dene-holes and sham ruins, via avenues, dewponds and village greens, The Shell Country Alphabet will help you discover the world that remains, just off the motorway. Druids there were, but not druidical remains, and I suspect that Grigson would be writing cross letters to The Times were he alive to see the nonsense that goes on around Stonehenge today… To read the rest of my review, please visit c1966. Books prices are provided by the merchants and MyShopping assumes no responsibility for accuracy of price information.
Following their divorce, Grigson's third and last marriage was to , née McIntire 1928—90 , the writer on food and cookery. Grigson was educated at St John's School, Leatherhead, and at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Why were yew trees planted in churchyards? Where does a 'ha-ha' get its name? They had one daughter, Caroline who was married to the designer. There are no such thing as druidical remains, he declares, citing 19th century scholarship and 20th century archaeology to show that dolmens and Avesbury belong to the Neolithic era and Stonehenge to the Bronze Age long before the arrival of the Iron Age Celtic peoples in Britain. Where would you find a green man or a Sheila-na-gig? The result is a book that will take you on an imaginative journey, revealing hidden stories, unexpected places and strange phenomena. Geoffrey Edward Harvey Grigson 2 March 1905 — 25 November 1985 was a poet, writer, editor, critic, anthologist and naturalist. In the 1960s Geoffrey Grigson travelled around England writing the story of the secret landscape that is all around us, if only we take the time to look and see.
Product specifications are obtained from merchants or third parties and although we make every effort to present accurate information, MyShopping is not responsible for inaccuracies. His last child was Sophie Grigson, now known for her cookery writing and television appearances. A teacher, journalist and broadcaster, later in life he was a noted critic, reviewer for the New York Review of Books in particular , and compiler of many inventive and innovative anthologies. In the 1960s Geoffrey Grigson, a poet and author, travelled around Britain writing the story of the secret landscape all around us. He died on November 25th, 1985. A prolific writer and editor, Grigson edited several anthologies of poetry including and also wrote works on art, botany, the countryside, travel and various other subjects. Recommended especially if some of the more bizarre names and sayings have cropped up as a question.
Paintings and Drawings Horizon, 1948. A book either to just dip into for an idle half hour or to use as a more serious reference. . Where does a 'ha-ha' get its name? Please read our description and our privacy and policy page. She received the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Journalist Award in 2001 and is the author of over 16 cookery books. Later in his life he worked as a critic for various publications, including the New York Review of Books.
Honours and legacy Grigson was awarded the for his 1971 volume of poetry Discoveries of Bones and Stones. Geoffrey Grigson's first wife was Frances Galt who died in 1937 of tuberculosis. Geoffrey Grigson in his later life lived partly in Wiltshire, England, and partly in Trôo, a village in the Loir-et-Cher département in France, which features in his poetry. When is the best time to spot a shooting star or a glow worm? In the 1930s he was editor of the influential magazine New Verse, and went on to produce 13 collections of his own poetry as well as compiling numerous anthologies, among other published works on subjects including art, travel and the countryside. A teacher, journalist and broadcaster, later in life he was a noted critic, reviewer for the New York Review of Books in particular , and compiler of many inventive and innovative anthologie Grigson was educated at St John's School, Leatherhead, and at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. This wonderful and useful book should get five stars, but the publishers have made an incredibly bad decision. Fiercely combative, he made many literary enemies for his dogmatic views.
From weathercocks to rainbows, place names and poets to mazes, dene-holes, crypts and sham ruins, this book can help you look beyond the familiar sights of our landscape and discover the hidden, magical world that remains, just off the motorway. Born during 1905 in Cornwall, Geoffrey Grigson was a writer of natural history books and poems. Register a free 1 month Trial Account. His father, the reverend William Shuckforth Grigson was a Norfolk born man, who had moved down to Cornwall where he settled with his wife Mary Beatrice Boldero. He was educated at , Leatherhead, and at ,. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1986, 264—267.