1 November 2013

Every Man's Anthology

J. Lewis May, John Lane and the Nineties (London: Bodley Head, 1936), pp. 102-103:
It was when [the poet John Davidson (1857-1909)] was writing his Random Itinerary, a record of tramps round London at a distance of some eight to ten miles from Charing Cross. I accompanied him on one of them. We lunched on bread and cheese and beer consumed on an alehouse bench. The fare was Spartan, but the talk  on his side at least  was Attic. Only one fragment remains with me, but it is a valuable one. 'Every man,' said Davidson, 'should make his own anthology, and (pointing to his forehead) keep it here.'