Item 64 - Letter from Olive Heseltine to R. C. Trevelyan

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Letter from Olive Heseltine to R. C. Trevelyan


  • 5 July [1947] (Creation)

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Lemon Corner. - Is reading and re-reading Bob's poems [in the collected "From the Shiffolds", published by Hogarth Press]; lists some which she remembers well, others seem new to her. Was particularly 'touched' by "Sometimes in Happy Dreams" and the 'sad austerity' of "Dirge". Is taking them 'slowly, as good wine should be sipped, and [is] revived by one or two every morning'. Asks how one can 'envy writers who have work set for them': works of criticism like those by Desmond MacCarthy are 'enjoyed and forgotten', but Bob's poems are 'enjoyed, remembered, and read again and again'. Sends 'fond love' to Bessie, and asks him to tell her Olive is 'so much better' that she hopes to walk over to see her soon.

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