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Forster, Edward Morgan (1879–1970) novelist and essayist
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Letter from E. M. Forster to R. C. Trevelyan

11 Drayton Court, Drayton Gardens, S. W. - Is glad Trevelyan likes the story ["The Eternal Moment"] better than he expected; he agrees about the end and will work on it; is satisfied with the beginning although Trevelyan is right that the conversation suggests 'a rather unbecoming sauciness'. Wished Trevelyan had told him where 'the facetiae' are, as these are a definite fault. Asks if Ch[apter] II is a 'hash'. Does not think that he ought to come to Seatoller, as another house is 'ripening', and apologises. His mother sends her remembrance to Trevelyan and his wife. His Ravello story "The Story of a Panic" will appear next month: he 'likes it more than [he] ought'.

Letter from E. M. Forster to R. C. Trevelyan

Harnham, Monument Green, Weybridge. - Has heard from Miss V. W. [Vaughan Williams] about Trevelyan's accident at the Pageant: hopes he has recovered. Asks where Paul's 'playground' was purchased, as he would like to buy one for [Hugh Owen] Meredith's children. Returns two books, and his 'silly Dante paper'. 'Miss Bartlett' ["A Room with a View" has been rejected by the USA. Visits Meredith next week, then Mrs Hope Wedgwood; goes to Abinger next and on the 5th September may join [Goldsworthy Lowes] Dickinson in Italy. Wishes that Trevelyan could come too. Is reading Marco Polo, inspired by Masefield's introduction.

Postcard from E. M. Forster to R. C. Trevelyan

Postmarked Salisbury. - Thanks about Jane (brief diversion to quote rhyme with which Forster's father teased his nurse, and her response): knows the L.L. book and Grey, but is grateful for the other. Asks if Trevelyan if he knows a 'young or cheerful Italian man' who could give him lessons. Thanks for the news, which he had not heard [no further details].

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Julian Trevelyan

Originally enclosing three publicity notices for the "Abinger Chronicle" for Julian and Ursula to distribute to possible subscribers, such as Imogen [Gore-Browne?]; they should avoid people likely to be on Oliver [Lodge], Bob, [E.M.] Forster or Sylvia [Sprigge]'s lists. Max [Beerbohm] and Forster are both contributing to the Christmas number; does not think he himself will have anything ready. Bessie has a persistent cold, but he hopes she will soon get away to Hove for a few days. Hopes that Diana [Brinton-Lee?]'s 'expedition' was successful. Is trying to write an 'epistle in Alexandrines' to B.B. [Bernard Berenson], but it is 'rather uphill work'; quotes Pope ["Essay on Criticism"]. Tom S[turge] M[oore] is 'fairly all right', though Marie is still in Paris.

"The Abinger Chronicle", Vol. 5. No. 1.

Contains: "Ave Atque Vale" by S. S. [Sylvia Sprigge]; "Abinger Notes" by E. M. Forster; poems, "The Giraffe" and "Memory", by N. Gumilev, translated from the Russian by Jacob Hornstein; poem, "Battle Landscape", by Ida Procter; "Leaves from a London Diary" by S. S.; "My Victorian Days" by Sarah Shorey Gill; poem, "Ten Years Ago", by R. C. Trevelyan; poem, "Hymn of Thanksgiving for Old Age", by O[live] Heseltine; "The Painter, the Slave Woman and the Rose", by C. Kerr Lawson; "Patrolling in the Apennines", by Richard Bosanquet [mistakenly called R. D. rather than R. G. Bosanquet on the inside cover], with a note by S. S. that Bosanquet was killed in action this summer; "Pear Tree Cottage" by V. S. Wainwright; poem, "The Poet Otherwise Occupied" by Kenneth Hopkins"; poem, "Penelope in April", by Geoffrey Eley.

Postcard from E. M. Forster to R. C. Trevelyan

Harnham, Monument Green, Weybridge; forwarded on to Trevelyan c/o Mr H. Thompson, 19 Portman Sq[uare], London. - Bierstock is in the L.L. [London Library]. "War and Peace" 'runs into six [volumes?]'. Is coming to W[est] H[ackhurst] and would like to see Trevelyan. Is reading Jalal al din Rumi and likes him; asks if there is any one similar; Firdausi [Abu ʾl-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi] is 'impossible'.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Sir George Trevelyan

Hotel Cecil, Agra - This is their second day here; will go on to Gwalior on Monday. Had a 'very interesting 5 days at Delhi', and spent a night at Muttra [Mathura], which was the most 'purely Indian' town they have yet seen, on the way; it is 'full of monkeys, and Brahmins bathing in the river, and 'no sign of English anywhere' though there are several regiments stationed nearby. The river and ghats are 'very beautiful'; though they saw 'no fine temples' there, there was a famous old Hindu temple, sacred to Krishna, at nearby Brindaban [Vrindavan], which was the finest he has yet seen. They are having a very pleasant time here; they saw the Taj [Mahal] in the moonlight yesterday, which was more beautiful than he could imagine. Today they saw the buildings in the fort; the Pearl mosque is a 'masterpiece', but the others 'rather disappointing in detail', though the 'general effect is marvellous'. They will visit Fatehpore Sikri at the weekend with William Archer, and [Arthur] Moore, the "Times" correspondent in Persia, whom they have made friends with here. Moore is a liberal, and writes 'telegrams on Persian affairs from the Persian constitutionalist point of view that the "Times" prints and 'then write leading-articles to explain away'. Saw I'timad-ud-Daulah [Ghiyas Beg]'s tomb this afternoon, which is 'a most exquisite building'; [originally] enclosing a photograph of an interior chamber, as well as a view of the Taj. Cannot remember whether his father has been to Agra. After Gwalior, they hope to go to Chhatapur as the guest of the Maharaja, then to Benares, Patna, and should be at Calcutta by Christmas. [He and Dickinson] have not yet decided whether they have time to go to Burma; Forster is with them now, but will leave them at Chhatapur. They cannot go to Jaipur as there is a bad outbreak of plague there, so have 'reluctantly decided' to miss Udaipur and Rajputana completely. Has been keeping well, except for a slight touch of fever at Lahore which the doctor 'stupidly mistook for German measles'; Dickinson is also well. Very glad the ceremony at Stratford 'went off so pleasantly'; returns the cutting of the speech made by his father; if he has another copy, he could send this to Bessie to keep. Has had 'very cheerful letters from her', and expects she is now back from the Netherlands; glad that Julian is 'so well and happy', and hopes he will not 'become too noisy'.

Letter from Sir George Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

8, Grosvenor Crescent, S.W. - Glad to have good news of Bessie and Paul; they look forward to seeing them all soon. Caroline has sent for [E. M. Forster's] "The Longest Journey", and Sir George will read it after his current novel. What Robert says about the Apostles inspires him to send some 'scraps... unearthed' when sifting old letters; Cowell was an 'ideal personage... a man who carried camaraderie to the highest point in [their] set and generation'. [Henry] Jackson persuaded Sir George to 'take over my MA' since the University may someday want a Liberal representative. Has nothing to do, and is very tired after sixteen consecutive months of work, including two of illness; the proofs [of the last volume of "The American Revolution"] will be a pleasure. Sends best wishes to Bertie Russell.

Letter from Caroline Trevelyan to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth. - Glad that Elizabeth has heard of some nurses who may suit her, but sorry that she has this trouble. Good that Julian is so well; she and Sir George hope to visit in October and see him. Thinks [E. M.] Forster must be interesting, since his novels are 'so clever & original', though she does not think he manages plot well. Has been reading [Myra Kelly's] "Little Aliens", about 'the little Jew children in America', which is 'pretty & funny; but quite slight'. Sorry Mr [Donald] Tovey is not progressing quickly, but it must require much work to write the music for an opera ["The Bride of Dionysus"]; probably best that it will not be put on next summer, as 'the world will be simply mad over the Coronation'. George's children are 'much improved': Mary has shown no signs of temper; Theo is 'passionate occasionally' but still young, and a 'very nice boy'; [Humphry] seems quite strong now.

Letter from Siegfried Sassoon to R. C. Trevelyan

54 Tufton St, S.W.1. - Thanks Trevelyan for the "Pterodamozels", which he did not know before; 'what a disgusting time it recalls, & how sad it is that Ld Wottlepays are still permitted to "carry on"!'; is 'much tickled' by Trevelyan's 'flexible, ingenious, colloquial rhythms'. Comments on '[h]ow delightful it is when poets exchange compliments!': is very happy to have had Trevelyan's 'appreciative letter' about "Lingual Exercises". Is a little worried after meeting Morgan [Forster] this morning and hearing that Trevelyan had been 'puzzled' by his 'lines about bullet & bayonet' ["The Kiss"]: the 'wretched poem has been a nuisance' to him, and he has been told that it has been used as proof that his 'heart was quite sound in spite of other pacifist poems'. Did not realise its ambiguity when he first published it; wrote it ironically after hearing Colonel Campbell, a 'sort of Isiah [sic] who went up & down France preaching bloodiness to the troops' give his 'celebrated lecture on "the spirit of the bayonet"', assisted by a sergeant to demonstrate 'what the Col. called "the killing face"'; remembers thinking afterwards that it was impossible to be both a good soldier and a good poet. If Trevelyan could see his war diaries, he would realise 'how difficult it was to be two things at once' since Sassoon always knew the only way he could show his 'interest in the humanity of the men was by being an efficient officer', and would only have made things harder for them if he had shown his 'disgust at the futility of what they were enduring'. Expects Trevelyan would say he should not have been there at all; did try protesting, but this only ended in him 'being obliged to go back & try to get killed'. This does not matter now, but he hopes Trevelyan will 'readjust his impression' of the poem. Does not often think about the war now, and it 'all seems quite incredible' when he does.

Postcard from E. M. Forster to R. C. Trevelyan

Harnham, Monument Green, Weybridge. - Only book of Trevelyan's which Forster has is R.R. [Romain Rolland, "Jean-Christophe"], which he has finished and will return. Meant to write about the 'N.P.' [Trevelyan's "The New Parsifal: An operatic fable"] which he very much enjoyed; also to ask where Trevelyan got his rugs, as he himself has to buy a carpet. Is writing some 'Indian articles' for the 'New Squeakly' ["New Weekly"]; this week's is on Jodhpur.

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