Reconsiderations May 2014
The lad from Slad
On Laurie Lee, the author of Cider with Rosie and a major minor figure
Laurie Lee | photo: Keith Waldegrave/Rex Features
In Great Britain, Laurie Lee is a major minor figure. He was a literary insider for decades (famously holding court at the Chelsea Arts Club in London) and wrote numerous travel pieces in London newspapers. He might be forgotten as a poet—just try to get any of his half-dozen books of poetry that date back to his first in 1944—but is still notable for his trilogy of memoirs, Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969), and A Moment of War (1991). Today, almost seventeen years after his death, Lee is still especially well known in Great Britain—mostly because of a test....
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