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Abercrombie, Lascelles (1881-1938), poet and literary critic
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Postcard from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

Ryton, Dymock; addressed to The Shiffolds, forwarded c/o Mr Llewellyn Esquire, Underhill, Chyngton Rd, Seaford. - Thinks the dates Trevelyan suggests are suitable, but since Catherine and Gibson arrive on Monday they will discuss it then. David has been badly bitten by a dog, which fortunately was not rabid. Hopes Julian is doing well 'from his change'. They had a good week in Anglesey in September.

Letter from George Macaulay Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan

2, Cheyne Gardens, S.W. - Thanks Bob for the book, which he will read with interest 'as the incident has always had a romantic attraction' for him; will send it back when Bob returns. Hopes the '(Georgian) poets abroad [Bob, Lascelles Abercrombie and Wilfrid Gibson] will have a good time'. Will send his essays ["Clio, a Muse and Other Essays"] to the Shiffolds; Bessie can keep it or send it out to Bob. Wrote to the "Times" about the "Sty Head" [see 13/230 and 14/87]; they are 'backing us [the campaigners against a road being built over the pass] up' as is the "Spectator", but it is 'a standing and permanent menace' and vigilance is needed. Hopes Julian will get a 'nice nurse'.

Letter from Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson to R. C. Trevelyan

Madeira Cottage, Lyme Regis. - Intends to go to Paris on March 15th, then Vence, and on to Florence at the beginning of April. Is keen to see Trevelyan, Norton, Abercrombie and Clifford Allen. Asks if he might be accommodated comfortably, and if Allen will have all he needs for his health. Can come later to avoid overcrowding. Will see Trevelyan in Cambridge.

Letter from T. S. Omond to R. C. Trevelyan

14 Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells. -Thanks Trevelyan for sending him his book ["The Bride of Dionysus"]; he makes 'the old legends live again'. Wonders if the opera has been performed yet, as Trevelyan says the music [by Donald Tovey] is completed; will look out for notices. Trevelyan's vers libre does not appeal to him, but 'poets have every right to try experiments', and he is right to use it if it seems most suitable to him. Is perhaps most interested by Trevelyan's 'handling of hex. metre [hexameter]' in his version of Lucretius, which seems to use six accents rather than regular feet; has doubts, which also apply to [Robert] Bridges, [Henry] Newbolt, [Lascelles] Abercrombie and others, whether speech-accent gives 'sufficient certainty'; discusses with examples. Otherwise he admires the lines as a 'scholarly exercise'. Has never understood the metre of "Attys" [Catullus 63], in the original or in other translations; amuses him to 'what different views' people seem to have. Has written a great deal about metre: this is not the sole criterion for judging poetry, but he does take it seriously, for 'is it not that alone which differentiates it from prose?'; perhaps that is why he thinks the lines from [Sophocles's] "Ajax" most successful. Remembers Trevelyan quoting the chorus [from the "Bride of Dionysus" itself] on page 13 to him. Hopes that the Trevelyans are well; he and his wife much enjoyed last summer and hope for more of the same this year. Have been at home all winter 'as usual', but now thinking of travelling, though after the Browning centenary celebration in Westminster which they hope to go to; wonders if they will see Trevelyan there. Has written little this winter apart from correspondence and a few reviews and 'letters to weeklies etc'; encloses something about hexameters from the "Modern Literary Review", which gives copies of articles instead of cash payments ["Homer's Odyssey: A Line-for-Line Translation in the Metre of the Original by H. B. Cotterill", The Modern Language Review", Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr., 1912), pp. 257-262; no longer present]. Was glad to get [Henry Bernard] Cotterill's book for review as it is published only in an expensive edition, but was disappointed by his verse; had hoped for better from things he had written about prosody. Trevelyan's brother [George] has had a 'grand success' with his books about Garibaldi, which he himself has read with 'delight' and 'reviving of old enthusiasms', while Trevelyan's father is still writing new books and having old books republished.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

7A Stanley Gardens, W.11. - Thanks Trevelyan for the selection of unpublished poems to be considered for inclusion in Abercrombie's new collection [see 1/8]. Prefers the poem addressed to Elizabeth Muntz ["Epistle to E. M."] and advises on a title, though he also praises "The Fig Tree" and "Envious Time". Michael [his son] is recovering but still needs treatment.

Letter from Umberto Morra di Lavriano to R. C. Trevelyan

I Tatti, Settignano, Florence. - The Berensons are no longer going to Egypt: Mary is in a very low state and does not want to travel; Trevelyan is therefore free to come to I Tatti, but Nicky [Mariano] says he should not do so in December as lots of Mary's family may come, as well as [Gaillard] Lapsley. B.B. is generally well but much distressed. Has come from Montepulciano, where the Braccis were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. Will look to see if he has Trevelyan's copy of [Woolf's] "The Voyage Out". Asks Trevelyan to bring him two packets of English-made Gillette razor blades: they are 'reduced' to German ones which 'break at their first use'. They have all been watching the eclipse of the moon. The Hammers are here 'full of sorrow'. Is sorry about the death of Trevelyan's friend [Lascelles] Abercrombie.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

7A, Stanley Gardens, W11. Apologises for the 'monstrous imposition' which their visit proved to be. Has been ill and kept in bed since they returned, now recovering but will not be able to return to College that term. Has doctors' orders to go South, and they think of the Canaries: he might learn Spanish. Something Trevelyan said set him reading "Don Quixote" (Motteux's translation) which he highly recommends.

Letter from R. C. Trevelyan to Julian Trevelyan

Glad Julian is having such a good time in Spain. Betty Chetwynd wrote recently saying that she was going to Paris on 1 Oct, so recommends that Julian write to her about bringing the parcel of drawings and canvasses. Betty Muntz's sister Hope is also going to Paris soon, so Julian could write to her; recommends he meet her, as they should get on. [Lascelles] Abercrombie is still 'rather well', as is [his daughter] Elizabeth. Donald [Tovey] is finishing scoring his cello concerto, and will leave on Tuesday. C.A. [Clifford Allen] is very well but [his wife] less so. Had a 'pleasant' week at Wallington and Hallington. Bessie is well, but 'a bit over-driven with all our guests and invalids'.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

The University, Leeds. - Thanks Trevelyan for his letter [about the possibility of Abercrombie getting a Chair at Cambridge: see also 1/83]. Is inclined to accept the job in London [at Bedford College]; is going there for interviews on Tuesday so must soon decide. Then will go to the Isle of Wight for a few days and hopes to meet Catherine at the Shiffolds. Wants to get to Edinburgh to see Trevelyan's opera ["The Bride of Dionysus" had four performances at the Empire Theatre in April].

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

37 Weetwood Lane, Far Headingley, Leeds. - 'The Wolves' have sent Trevelyan's "Cheiron" [published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf's Hogarth Press]. Discusses it with great praise in detail. Has also recently received a Noh-play from Gordon [Bottomley]: 'just a little bit of a strain'. Is trying himself to get a book together, but of mostly old work. Trevelyan and Bessie's 'sympathy and generosity' has touched the Abercrombies greatly. Mikey has been ordered away from Leeds on health grounds.

Letter from George Macaulay Trevelyan to R. C. Trevelyan and Elizabeth Trevelyan

2, Cheyne Gardens, S.W.1. - Is not sure of Bob's address, so will write one letter to be forwarded on. Glad they liked "Garibaldi III" ["Garibaldi and the Making of Italy"], and is obliged for the corrections. Saw Will A. F. [Arnold Forster] as he passed through London on his 'belated way out through London on his belated way out to Italy'; Will 'suffers badly from the A.T. [Artistic Temperament' in terms of making arrangements and so on; he finished his 'big Malvern picture' and portrait of Janet were finished the day before he sailed, and they have been sent to the New Eng[lish] Art Club show. Glad that Bob is with [Catherine and Lascelles] Abercrombie. The 'Tripoli horrors and the whole folly of the [Italo-Turkish] war, and George will does not think he will have the 'heart' to go to Italy for a long time; lacks heart for "English Songs of Italian Freeman", which Bob has read the preface to, and which George is due to bring out soon, nor even for "Garibaldi". Is 'delighted to hear about the Stadtholder [Julian]'s earliest remarks.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

37 Weetwood Lane, Far Headingley, Leeds. Influenza kept him from attending Terence Gray's production of Trevelyan's "Prometheus" in Cambridge, for which he is very sorry. Hopes to take advantage of Bessie's invitation and see Trevelyan soon, when they can talk about Teneriffe [sic]. Has been offered a chair at Bedford College, London. Understands from Pat that Trevelyan has been making tentative enquiries about [the possibility of a chair at] Cambridge, and wonders if he has any opinion as to Abercrombie's chances. He expects that they will want a Cambridge man, and Q [Quiller-Couch] may be in the post for a long time yet.

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

The University, Leeds. - Thanks for Trevelyan's translation of Theocritus, 'my favourite poet'; wishes he could do more to praise it publicly than the footnote in the book he encloses [his "The Idea of Great Poetry"]. Wishes that Trevelyan might visit them. His family is well, with 'a philologist growing up amongst us' [his son David].

Letter from Lascelles Abercrombie to R. C. Trevelyan

The University, Leeds. - Thanks for the "Antigone"; he has not had time to read it through due to the University's [twentieth] Jubilee, but has looked at it and praises it at length. His treatment of the Choruses certainly beat the version of the "Polla ta deina" ode by Pinkerton sung to Mendelssohn's setting, as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

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