worldview is clearly evident in the enthusiasms he championed:
brightly burning poets of the countryside such as John Clare;
visionary artists from Samuel Palmer to his contemporaries and
friends, Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash, John Piper, Wyndham Lewis.
Grigson revelled in finding the extra-ordinary in the seeming
ordinariness of a rural life that twentieth century short term
thinking was beginning to eradicate. Flora, fauna and rural lore
were presented in inspirational compendia and essay collections
such as the Shell Country Book, The Englishman's Flora, Freedom
of the Parish and the Shell Country Alphabet. For the Festival
of Britain in 1951 he edited the series of About Britain guides,
penning the text of the volumes on Wessex and the West Country.
also wrote books to lead children into an appreciation of the
countryside, poetry and the visual arts; later he became an 'anthologist's
anthologist', with a seemingly endless train of collections of
epigrams and epitaphs, nonsense verse, 'unrespectable' verse.
He revealed much light to be found in apparently dark and (at
that time) neglected and disdained periods of literary history,
the Romantics, the Victorians. He revived interest in forgotten
poets such as William Diaper.