J. S. Collis
1900-1984 [John Stewart Collis]; twin of Robert Collis; slighted by his mother in favour of the younger - born 12 hours later; brought up in Killiney, Co. Dublin; ed. in Bray and later at Rugby College; adopted country life in England; issued Forward to Nature (1927); Farewell to Argument (1935); While
Following the Plough (1946); The Triumph of the Tree (1950); Bound upon a Course, autobiog. (1971); The Carlyles (1971); The Worm Forgives the Plough (1973); Christopher Columbus
(1976); Living with a Stranger: A Discourse on the Human Body (1978).
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Oxford Companion of English Literature, ed. Margaret Drabble (OUP: 1985); son of Irish solicitor, writer of biographies, but
remembered for While Following the Plough (1946) and Down to
Earth (1947, as one vol, The Worm Forgives the Plough, 1973),
inspired by years spent working as a farm labourer in Dorset and Sussex
in WW II. Bound upon a Course (1971) is an autobiog. and a pioneering
work of the ecological movement ... imagination and authenticity.
Booksellers: Cathach Bks. (Cat. 12) lists J. S. Collis, An Irishmans England [first ed.] (London 1937). Eggeling Books (Cat. 44) lists The Sounding Cataract,
a Novel (Cassell 1936), 324pp.; development of an Irish nationalist, partly