Document ReferenceCC C 2/5
TitleFragment of a letter from Frieda Lawrence to Catherine Carswell; n.d. [c.May 1920]
DateMay 1920 (c)
Extent1 f
Access ConditionsUse of original restricted; surrogate copy available.
Content DescriptionBegins 'I was so thrilled and stirred by your news!' [publication of and £250 award for 'Open the Door!']; the 'money would be a god-send, because 50 £1 is not much for a lifetime' [in May 1920 Carswell sent D.H. Lawrence a cheque for £50]; suggests that they [the Carswells] come here [Fontana Vecchia]; she is 'frightfully glad that' she [Carswell] 'will be no longer sad and alone'; signature 'F' is overwritten with a note that the Eders [Dr Montagu David Eder, psychoanalyst and his wife Edith] are coming and suggests the 'Sunday after' for Catherine to visit.

Date: the letter was originally undated and has been dated '1915', possibly by John Carswell; the letter was probably written May 1920; Frieda's reference to '50 £1' is likely to be the £50 cheque which Carswell offered D.H. Lawrence and which he subsequently burnt; the 'news' referred to is the publication of Carswell's novel 'Open the Door!' (Andrew Melrose Ltd, 1920) and the £250 prize which it won in April; reference to 'L's letter' is perhaps that of the 12 or 28 May 1920 (See Boulton, 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence', vol 3, pp 524-25, 533-37).
Termpublications, novels, Catherine Carswell 'Open the Door!'
literature, literary prizes
gifts, money
financial affairs, literary prizes
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of a sheet of blue writing paper; dimensions are 150 x 110 mm; one horizontal fold in the paper.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA168Carswell; John Patrick (1918-1997); son of Catherine Carswell; civil servant and writer1918-1997
NA167Carswell; Donald (1882-1904); married Catherine Carswell 1915; journalist and barrister1882-1904
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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