Disappeared this day in 1909, John Davidson.
You read that correctly. Not born. Not died. Disappeared. That’s what The Guide to Reading (1925) says.
According to The Encyclopædia Britannica: A New Survey of Universal Knowledge (1955), Davidson was a Brit born (1857), married (1885), published good stuff “all full of remarkably fresh and unconventional beauty” (1886-1897), published stuff no one wanted to buy (1898- ), was finally “otherwise badly off,” and disappeared March 23, 1909 “in circumstances pointing to suicide.”
In the Bibliography, he’s filed under 2. The Poetry, VII. Minor Verse 1870-1900. Still, almost a whole page worth’s is something, isn’t it? Especially when the (b) Poems section are collections of individual poems.
GDR 3/23/20 “Butterflies” by John Davidson
which for the life of me, I cannot find either online or among my poetry collections and anthologies. Here are a few of his others. Two on that list are in The New Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1918 New Edition (1955 ed.). They are “Song,” and “Runnable Stag.”
But the good news is there are two GDR recommendations for today! The second is
GDR 3/23/20 #2 “Dancing Men by Doyle”– Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Stay well and keep reading