Item 11 - Letter from Arthur Waley to R. C. Trevelyan

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Letter from Arthur Waley to R. C. Trevelyan

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  • 16 June [1932] (Creation)

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Pension Moragues, Puerto Andraitx, Majorca. - Is ashamed of not telling Bob how much pleasure he got from his "Rimeless Numbers", though it was the Propertius, which is 'not rhymeless', which he liked best; also thought the part about the 'rhododendrons and azaleas' in "The Wood" 'marvellously vivid'. Likes his hexameters. Glad Bob did not get 'stuck' in the fifth volume of "[The Tale of] Genji"; has now done more than two thirds of the sixth volume, which is 'far better' than any other part, but 'correspondingly more difficult to do'; is doing four hours work on it every morning and usually several more later in the day, yet rarely manages more than two or three pages. Has written all of Bob's corrections, all sound, into his copy; had better note them at the beginning of the sixth volume. Has 'detected some indications' that Cyril Connolly is in Majorca, but has not seen him. A 'Nubian scholar' called Armbruster, who was at Kings [College, Cambridge] and knows Goldie [Lowes Dickinson] 'fairly well' lives here; his father was 'a good deal connected with Wagner'. He has a 'delightful house and a wife from Syria who cooks well, but his head is just a little too full of Hamitic particles'.

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