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T.E. LAWRENCE’S CORRESPONDENCE WITH NOËL COWARD, C. DAY LEWIS, CHARLES DOUGHTY, SIEGFRIED SASSOON, H.G. WELLS, W.B. YEATS, ET AL.

Folio (281 x 171 mm), pp. xxvi, [2 (fly-title)], 419, [1 (blank)]. Mounted colour portrait frontispiece of C.M. Doughty after Eric Kennington. Original dark-blue cloth ‘Subscribers’ Cloth Binding’, upper board with blind-ruled border, spine lettered in gilt, light-brown endpapers, top edges gilt, dustwrapper. (Edges of dustwrapper minimally creased, very light scuffing on top edges.) A very good copy.
Dealer Notes
First edition, limited to 377 copies, this number 212 of 225 copies bound in cloth. ‘This volume is one of the largest in the T E. Lawrence Letters series, containing over 200 letters. At the core of the collection is a series of significant relationships that Lawrence developed with other writers. These are exchanges where for some reason an initial contact developed a warmth that went further than mere acquaintance. Some of the exchanges are substantial – for example, the correspondences with C.M. Doughty, Frederic Manning, and Siegfried Sassoon. [...] The letters are engaging and interesting in many ways’ (prospectus) – for example, Lawrence wrote to Yeats on 12 October 1932 on his proposed election to the Irish Academy of Letters: ‘I knew you had seen my Revolt, because you refer to it in your foreword to Gogarty’s last Cuala selection: but I never expected this. It is very good of you, and touches me particularly, for I have been reading your work for years’ (p. 383). ‘From a biographical standpoint, some [letters] are among the most important that survive. The writers represented are Maurice Baring, Laurence Binyon, Edmund Blunden, John Brophy, Noël Coward, C. Day Lewis, Charles M. Doughty, Harley Granville-Barker, James Hanley, Frederic Manning, Herbert Read, Siegfried Sassoon, H.M. Tomlinson, H.G. Wells, and W.B. Yeats’ (prospectus).

The Foreword notes that ‘[f]our of the writers – Laurence Binyon, C.M. Doughty, H.G. Wells and W.B. Yeats – were significantly older than Lawrence. The youngest, C. Day Lewis, was sixteen years his junior. Most, however, were of his own generation. Like him, they had fought in the war. More than half of them, like him, published prose or poetry that drew upon their wartime experiences’ (p. xxi). This edition also includes letters to and from figures referred to in the main correspondence – for example the surgeon and bibliophile Geoffrey Keynes, who Lawrence knew during the final year of his life – as well as excerpts from other sources, such as Siegfried Sassoon’s diary.

This copy is in the ‘Subscribers’ Cloth Binding’ of blue cloth with gilt top edges and a dustwrapper.
Author LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward
Date 2014
Publisher Salisbury: Castle Hill Press

Price: £250.00

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