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The Poetry of Richard Le Gallienne (Audiobook)

The Poetry of Richard Le Gallienne (Audiobook)

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Read by Ghizela Rowe, David Shaw-Parker & Mark Rice-Oxley (Unabridged: 1hr 9mins)   

Richard Thomas Gallienne was born in Liverpool on 20th January, 1866.

His first job was in an accountant's office, but this was quickly abandoned to pursue his first love as a professional writer. His first work, My Ladies’ Sonnets, was published in 1887.

In 1889 he became, for a brief time, literary secretary to Wilson Barrett the manager, actor, and playwright. Barrett enjoyed immense success with the staging of melodramas, which would later reach a peak with the historical tragedy The Sign of the Cross (1895).

Le Gallienne joined the staff of The Star newspaper in 1891, and also wrote for various other papers under the pseudonym ‘Logroller’. He contributed to the short-lived but influential quarterly periodical The Yellow Book, published between 1894 and 1897.

His first wife, Mildred Lee, died in 1894 leaving their daughter, Hesper, in his care.

In 1897 he married the Danish journalist Julie Norregard. However, the marriage would not be a success. She left him in 1903 and took their daughter Eva to live in Paris. They were eventually divorced in June 1911.

Le Gallienne now moved to the United States and became resident there.

On 27th October 1911, he married Mrs. Irma Perry, whose marriage to her first cousin, the painter and sculptor Roland Hinton Perry, had been dissolved in 1904. Le Gallienne and Irma had known each other for many years and had written an article together a few years earlier in 1906.

Le Gallienne and Irma lived in Paris from the late 1920s, where Irma’s daughter Gwen was by then an established figure in the expatriate bohème.  Le Gallienne also added a regular newspaper column to the frequent publication of his poems, essays and other articles.

By 1930 Le Gallienne’s book publishing career had virtually ceased. During the latter years of that decade Le Gallienne lived in Menton on the French Riviera and, during the war years, in nearby Monaco. His house was commandeered by German troops and his handsome library was nearly sent back to Germany as bounty. Le Gallienne managed a successful appeal to a German officer in Monaco which allowed him to return to Menton to collect his books.

To his credit Le Gallienne refused to write propaganda for the local German and Italian authorities, and financially was often in dire need.  On one occasion he collapsed in the street due to hunger.

Richard Thomas Gallienne died on 15th September 1947.  He is buried in Menton.

In this compilation - 

1 - The Poetry of Richard Le Gallienne - An Introduction
2 - Man, the Destroyer by Richard Le Gallienne
3 - Tree Worship by Richard Le Gallienne
4 - A Ballad of the Kind Little Creatures by Richard Le Gallienne
5 - Ballade of Running Away with Life by Richard Le Gallienne
6 - I Meant to Do My Work Today by Richard Le Gallienne
7 - Sunset in the City by Richard Le Gallienne
8 - A Ballad of London by Richard Le Gallienne
9 - The Second Crucifixation by Richard Le Gallienne
10 - My Books by Richard Le Gallienne
11 - The Passionate Reader to His Poet by Richard Le Gallienne
12 - On the Morals of Poets by Richard Le Gallienne
13 - Ballade of the Making of Songs by Richard Le Gallienne
14 - Satan - 1920 by Richard Le Gallienne
15 - The Illusion of War by Richard Le Gallienne
16 - To Belgium by Richard Le Gallienne
17 - After the War by Richard Le Gallienne
18 - The Long Purposes of God by Richard Le Gallienne
19 - Sore in Need Was I of a Faithful Friend by Richard Le Gallienne
20 - The Afternoon is Lonely For Your Face by Richard Le Gallienne
21 - A Lover's Universe by Richard Le Gallienne
22 - Rest by Richard Le Gallienne
23 - Reliquiae by Richard Le Gallienne
24 - The Rose Has Left the Garden by Richard Le Gallienne
25 - Paths That Wind . . . by Richard Le Gallienne
26 - The End by Richard Le Gallienne
27 - What of the Darkness by Richard Le Gallienne
28 - The End of Laughter by Richard Le Gallienne
29 - Face in the Tomb That Lies So Still aka Desiderium by Richard Le Gallienne
30 - I Said—I Care Not by Richard Le Gallienne
31 - Her Eyes Are Bluebells Now by Richard Le Gallienne
32 - Her Portrait Immortal by Richard Le Gallienne
33 - Resurrection by Richard Le Gallienne
34 - At Last I Got a Letter from the Dead by Richard Le Gallienne
35 - The Dead Arose by Richard Le Gallienne
36 - The Overworked Ghost by Richard Le Gallienne
37 - To a Dead Friend by Richard Le Gallienne
38 - Death in a London Lodging by Richard Le Gallienne

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