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TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Fontana Vecchia, Taormina, Sicilia to Donald Carswell; 15 Nov. 1921
Date15 November 1921
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses him 'Dear Don'; comments on the 'trews'; has done with the story and can just correct it where it needs; refers to the 'Halliday affair' (the portrayal of Philip Heseltine as 'Halliday' in 'Women in Love'); he 'gave Halliday lank black hair and Pussum lank yellow hair'; [Martin] Secker writes that [Philip] Heseltine is going to bring a libel action against the book; describes Heseltine as a 'thoroughly rotten sort'.

Mabel Dodge Sterne has offered them a furnished abode house in Taos, New Mexico; discusses Taos and asks if Carswell knows anything of it; he is expecting 'Sea and Sardinia' from New York; will send him and Cath[erine Carswell] a copy; [Thomas] Seltzer is bringing out 'Tortoises' as a Chap-book; will send that too; wanted to send Cath[erine Carswell] 'Adolf' but has 'lost the MS and printed copy and everything'.

Seltzer wants to bring out the poems 'Apostolic Beasts' as a chap-book; would like a cover design 'representing the four beasts of the Evangelists - from the Apocalypse - Man, Lion, Bull and Eagle' and urges Carswell to tell him if he ever sees one.

Everybody hated 'Aaron's Rod' but Selzer thinks it wonderful; remarks that if Catherine Carswell had called her novel ['Camomile'] 'Rose-hearted Camelia' then 'they'd have snapped it up'; adds 'Pah-canaille. Canaille, canaglia, Schweinhunderei'.

Comments on Carswell's involvement in the [Sir Edgar] Speyer case; remarks on the Catholic Church trying to form a political world league; wouldn't be surprised if they 'effected a mild sort of revolution here'; adds a postscript about birds in the garden'; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'.

The letter is a TS copy, made by John Carswell; the original is held in the Beinecke Library, Yale University.
Termliterature, fictional characters, D.H. Lawrence 'Women in Love'
publications, poems, D.H. Lawrence 'Apostolic Beasts', cover designs
publications, essays, D.H. Lawrence 'Twilight in Italy'
publications, poems, D.H. Lawrence 'Tortoises'
religions, catholicism
legal business, Donald Carswell
Publication NoteAldous Huxley, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (London: Heinemann, 1932)
James T. Boulton, Margaret H. Boulton and Gerald M. Lacy, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991) vol VI, pp 231-32

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA166Carswell; Catherine Roxburgh (1879-1946); née MacFarlane; novelist and journalist1879-1946
NA380Luhan; Mabel Dodge Sterne (1879-1962); née Ganson; American patron of the arts1879-1962
NA3387Speyer; Edgar (1862-1932); Sir; banker1862-1932
NA3388Heseltine; Philip Arnold (1894-1930); pseud. Peter Warlock; composer1894-1930
NA260Seltzer; Thomas (1875-1943); journalist translator and publisher1875-1943
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA167Carswell; Donald (1882-1904); married Catherine Carswell 1915; journalist and barrister1882-1904
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