Item 3 - Letter from Christopher Hassall to R. C. Trevelyan

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Letter from Christopher Hassall to R. C. Trevelyan


  • 17 July 1947 (Creation)

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British Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting House, London, W.1. - Was 'delighted' to get Trevelyan's wire agreeing to write a script on Catullus; will inform John Sparrow this afternoon and knows he will also be pleased. Sparrow will give the first, introductory, talk on 16 August; Rex Warner will deliver a talk on 17 August, which Trevelyan's will follow at 6.25 pm on 27 August. Other programmes in the series will be on Virgil, Horace, and Late and Medieval Latin; Hassall is asking Rose Macaulay to give a final summary talk. Trevelyan's talk to set out Catullus's place in Latin poetry, the character of his work, and contrast with other 'great Latin poets', and 'assess his value to modern times'; it should contain quotations in English; Trevelyan could read these, or inform Hassall if he would like one or two readers and of which sex. Hassall will produce the programme, rehearsals will take place about two and a half hours before transmission, and Trevelyan should send the script at least a fortnight beforehand. Must take care over copyright translations. Will arrange for an official contract to be sent.

Hassall signs his name 'for Patric Dickinson, Drama Department'.

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