Document ReferenceCC C 2/12
TitleLetter from Frieda Lawrence, 27 St Peter's Square to Catherine Carswell; [1932]
Date1932 (c)
Extent2 ff
Access ConditionsUse of original restricted; surrogate copy available.
Content DescriptionAddresses her 'Dear Catherine'; has just 'swallowed' Carswell's book' ['The Savage Pilgrimage']; describes it as 'awfully well done'; it 'really describes' her my own life to her and it is as though she were reading about 'Elizabeth and Essex'; she is grateful to Carswell for 'L[awrence]'s sake, and my own and 'our' sake'; the Frieda in ['The Savage Pilgrimage'] is 'too 'splendiferous' a female'; has always thought Carswell 'elegant and original'; is sure that the book will get a 'connection with the public'.

Talks about her own Lawrence as 'the demon' that it was her 'fate to struggle with'; Carswell's Lawrence interests her, as does her Frieda; adds that the 'mystery of 2 people is always a mystery, even to themselves'; Lawrence felt women more powerful than men.

Refers to comments made by Ada [Clarke, D.H. Lawrence's sister] that the homage paid Frieda has gone to her head and that 'a little humility is a good thing'; Frieda admits herself conceited about L[awrence]'s love for her as there was nobody but her; feels he loves her 'still and forever and whatever' she does; ends by affirming that 'your book did move' her; signed 'Frieda'.

Date: the letter was originally undated and has been annotated, possibly by John Carswell, with '1932'
Termpublications, biographies, Catherine Carswell 'Savage Pilgrimage'
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of 2 folios of unlined blue paper; dimensions are 230 x 175 mm; one horizontal and one vertical fold.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA3385Clarke; Lettice Ada (1887-1948); née Lawrence; sister of D.H. Lawrence; married W.E. Clarke 19131887-1948
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA166Carswell; Catherine Roxburgh (1879-1946); née MacFarlane; novelist and journalist1879-1946
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