Birth date: 
07/03/1871
Death date: 
09/26/1940
Birth town: 
Monmouthshire
Country: 
Wales

William Henry Davies was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. His father was, at the time a Publican. After an apprenticeship as a picture-frame maker and a series of labouring jobs, he travelled to America, first to New York and then to the Klondike.

He returned to England after an accident whilst jumping a train in Canada, he lost a foot. Upon his return to Britain he led a poor, hard life living in London lodging houses and as a pedlar in the country. He married in 1923, Emma, who was much younger than he. His first poems were published when he was 34.

Most of his poetry is on the subject of nature or life on the road and exhibits a natural simple, earthy style. He also wrote two novels and autobiographical works, his best known being Autobiography of a Super-Tramp

He died in 1940.

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A Fleeting Passion 30 July 2013
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A Great Time 30 July 2013
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A Greeting 30 July 2013
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A Plain Life 30 July 2013
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Ale 31 July 2013
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All in June 31 July 2013
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April's Charms 31 July 2013
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Charms 31 July 2013
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Come, Let Us Find 31 July 2013
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Days Too Short 31 July 2013
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