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James Reeves - Author

About the Author

The real name of James Reeves was John Morris (1909 - 1978), a British writer known for his poetry and contributions to children's literature and the literature of collected traditional songs.

He was born in Harrow, Middlesex, and educated at Stowe School and Jesus College, Cambridge. He taught until 1952, when he became a full-time writer.


He was close to Laura Riding for a time, being successor to Jacob Bronowski as editor of Epilogue: A Critical Summary. He also was an editor of works of Robert Graves.

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The Book of Rest How to Find Calm in a Chaotic World

The Book of Rest How to Find Calm in a Chaotic World

Author: James Reeves, Gabrielle Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

'Impossibly wonderful' Daily Telegraph Revised and updated with a brand new chapter. Find peace in a restless world. 'James's heartfelt gentleness and masterful wisdom shine through in his teachings. His expertise lies in his ability to light the path for others to find their own way.' Richard Miller, clinical psychologist, researcher and yogic scholar. In today's fast-paced world, we've never been busier. We're surrounded by pressures from work, family, study and social media. It can feel like there's never time to truly switch off and relax. But the answer is simpler than you think - and it's within you. Through simple, easily learned techniques The Book of Rest reveals how to find a moment of peace even in the busiest of days, and a path to a calmer, happier and more relaxed you.

The Book of Rest Stop Striving. Start Being.

The Book of Rest Stop Striving. Start Being.

Author: James Reeves, Gabrielle Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

'Impossibly wonderful' Daily Telegraph Find peace in a restless world. 'James's heartfelt gentleness and masterful wisdom shine through in his teachings. His expertise lies in his ability to light the path for others to find their own way.' Richard Miller, clinical psychologist, researcher and yogic scholar. In today's fast-paced world, we've never been busier. We're surrounded by pressures from work, family, study and social media. It can feel like there's never time to truly switch off and relax. . But the answer is simpler than you think - and it's within you. Through simple, easily learned techniques The Book of Rest reveals how to find a moment of peace even in the busiest of days, and a path to a calmer, happier and more relaxed you.

Complete Poems for Children

Complete Poems for Children

Author: James Reeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2009

In the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature it says of James Reeves, 'His real achievement, however, lies in his poetry, which is generally regarded as the best British ''serious'' children's verse since Walter de la Mare - though the poems are usually far from serious in subject-matter.' In this complete edition, first published in 1973, the delight is two-fold as the poems are complemented by Edward Ardizzone's beautiful and witty illustrations.

Stories from England Oxford Children's Myths and Legends

Stories from England Oxford Children's Myths and Legends

Author: James Reeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2009

Oxford Children's Myths and Legends bring you the greatest stories ever told, from around the world and long ago. Heroes and villains, witches and wizards, warriors and royalty - there's something here for everyone. This lively collection brings to life the very best English traditional fairy-tales and stories. From Johnny Gloke the giant killer and the frog prince at the World's End, to the better-known characters of Dick Whittington and Tom Thumb, this magical collection is full of adventure and humour.

The Everlasting Circle English Traditional Verse

The Everlasting Circle English Traditional Verse

Author: James Reeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2008

My one man, my two men shall mow me down my meadows, My three men, my four men shall carry my grass away, My four, my three, my two, my one, nay not mo, For to mow my hay and carry it away On a beautiful midsummer's day. In The Idiom of the People (1958), James Reeves revisited the manuscripts of the folklorist Cecil Sharp to produce a selection of traditional English verse undiluted by early twentieth-century propriety. The Everlasting Circle (1960), his successor volume, takes a similarly faithful approach to the folk-verse collections of Sabine Baring-Gould, H. E. D. Hammond and George B. Gardiner. Restored to their original vitality, the lyrics assembled here sing out joyfully and strong. Songs familiar to us still - 'The Cuckoo', 'The Carpenter's Wife - sit alongside lesser-known verse in a vibrant collection of England's folk heritage.

The Idiom of the People English Traditional Verse from the Manuscripts of Cecil Sharp

The Idiom of the People English Traditional Verse from the Manuscripts of Cecil Sharp

Author: James Reeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2008

Where shall I meet you my pretty little dear With your red rosy cheeks and your coal black hair I'm going a milking kind sir she answered me But it's dabbling in the dew where you might find me The cusp of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a revived fascination with the native song of England, perhaps best known through the work of that crusading folklorist Cecil Sharp. But while the music was inoffensive enough to genteel ears, the violent, ribald and frequently erotic lyrical content was definitely not the respectable Victorian or Edwardian's cup of tea. Accordingly, the folk verse that did find its way into print was invariably neutered by what Alan Lomax describes as 'the dictates of the puritanical and namby-pamby editors of the Mauve Decade'. In The Idiom of the People (1958), James Reeves has revisited Cecil Sharp's manuscripts, restoring a selection of 115 folk lyrics to their authentic, unexpurgated form. The result is a fascinating record of England's traditional verse, in all its robust, vigorous and beguiling glory.

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