Walter John de la Mare, born 1873, was a poet, short story writer, and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children.
He was born in Kent and was educated at St Paul's Choir School. His first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the name Walter Ramal. He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eighteen years while struggling to bring up a family of four children with his wife. But somehow he found time to write and, in 1908, through the efforts of Sir Henry Newbolt he received a Government Pension which enabled him to concentrate on full time writing.
One of Walter's interests was the imagination and this contributed to the popularity of his children's writing. He also wrote some subtle psychological horror stories.
He died in 1956, in Twickenham, Middlesex, England and is buried at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England.
I really enjoyed most of the stories in this collection and they way some of them made connections with traditional, more familiar fairy tales.