Andrew Rossabi, the President of the Richard Jefferies Society, is giving a talk about Jefferies and his Surbiton/Tolworth years at Surbiton Library, Ewell Road Surbiton on Wednesday 26 September at 2pm. This will be followed by a walk to the Richard Jefferies Bird Sanctuary where a sapling elm tree will be planted as a memorial.
by Jem Poster that examines Jefferies' influence on Edward Thomas'. Here's the beginning:
Richard Jefferies and Edward Thomas: a spiritual
affinity in poetry and prose
When Edward Thomas wrote his biography of Richard Jefferies (published
in 1909) he was paying homage to a writer who had influenced him, at the
deepest level, from childhood onwards. We should beware of over-simplifying the
complexities of literary influence – shared concerns do not necessarily imply
the direct passage of ideas from an older to a younger writer. But it’s clear
that Jefferies’s works played a crucial role in Thomas’s intellectual and
imaginative development, and that Thomas’s admiration for his predecessor
constituted a form of filial devotion. When he discussed his early reading in
the memoir posthumously published as The
Childhood of Edward Thomas, he accorded Jefferies an importance allowed to
no other writer mentioned in that context.
JohnPrice will give a background to Looker and an introduction to the
publication of the latter’s work.Attendees will be able to make contributions from these writings by
reading extracts chosen in advance.
break. Bring a packed lunch.
2.00Readings continue and discussion.
Samuel Looker was a passionate promoter of Richard
Jefferies' writing. No one has done more to ensure that his works have reached
the general public. Looker was the first President of the Society from 1950
until his death in 1965. The Society produced a Tribute to Looker in 1980 that
can be downloaded athttp://richardjefferiessociety.co.uk/articles/39_Tribute_Looker.pdf
On Saturday 7th April members of the Richard Jefferies Society and the Friends of Alfred Williams meet up to share readings of both writers at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon SN3 6AA.