Item 2 - Notebook with translation of Homer and draft letter to Claude Colleer Abbott

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Notebook with translation of Homer and draft letter to Claude Colleer Abbott


  • c 1950 (Creation)

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Notebook with black hard cover. 70ff.; lined pages, many blank.

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Translation of Homer's "Iliad" XII.354-515, XXIII, and the first two lines of XXI. Date of '7 October 1950' written at then end of book XXIII. Pencil draft on verso pages [including the front inside cover], written out on facing recto pages; some markings in red crayon. Numerous blank pages in centre. Book also used from back in: list of classical references; draft introduction for Trevelyan's "Translations from Greek Poetry"; page beginning 'Places that I have loved and now shall see no more' which turns into Tevelyan's poem 'This is love: not to know the game of love..'.

Also at this end of the book: draft letter to [Claude] Colleer Abbott: Trevelyan is sorry that Abbott has not yet found a publisher [for his edition of Gordon Bottomley's works]; [Rupert] Hart-Davis thinks that he would make a loss even with a thousand pound subsidy, which Trevelyan thinks is unlikely to be raised [this passage is crossed through]; if Trevelyan and Abbott contributed a hundred pounds each that would still be far off what is required. Abbott will therefore have to make a selection; Trevelyan suggests keeping 'all or most of the plays' which seem to him to be Bottomley's 'most important contribution to English literature', omitting much early work; thinks Bottomley's finest work begins with "The Crier by Night" and "The Riding to Lithend". Most of the poems are 'masterly and some very beautiful', but still some would 'have to be sacrificed'. Abbott can include the "Autobiography" 'by all means', and a few letters, but the plays are 'more important than the poems'. Unused material could be 'preserved at Durham University or elsewhere'. List of names on inside covers, both front ('E.M. Forster, D.D., Lina [Waterfield], Nicky [Mariano], Umb[erto] Morra') and back ('Logan [Pearsall Smith] [Thomas] Sturge Moore, [Bernard] Berenson], [Donald] Tovey, C[lifford] A[llen], Dizzey, G.O.M., Bridges, Lascelles [Abercrombie], [Augustus?] Daniel'.

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