Document ReferenceLa Ac 1/1/52
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Villa Mirenda, Scandicci, Italy to Gertrude Cooper; 21 Dec. 1926
Date21 December 1926
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Gertie'; expresses regret that neither of them can be home for Christmas; confirms that he has sent her a gift - a purse of Florentine leather; describes their Christmas arrangements for the local Italian peasants; discusses family news, including Ada not being able to go to London to see a production of his play [The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd?]; reports that most people find the play 'too gloomy' and he should 'alter the end, and make it more cheerful'; asks if she received a copy of a magazine called 'Travel' containing one of his articles; expresses regret that she is still in Mundesley [sanatorium] for the New Year; sends love from them both, and tells her to thank Dr Pearson for his letter; signed 'DHL'.
Termdramatic productions, plays, D.H. Lawrence 'The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd'
peasants, Italian
celebrations, Christmas
Physical DescriptionWritten in ink on both sides of 2 sheets of cream paper; dimensions are 130 x 220 mm; some foxing; slight folds and tears to edges of second sheet.
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Lindeth Vasey, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987) vol V, pp 609-610.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA74593Cooper; Gertrude (1885-1942); known as 'Gertie' or 'Grit'; childhood friend of D.H. Lawrence1885-1942
NA368Clarke; Ada (1887-1948); Mrs; married W.E. Clarke 1913; sister of D.H. Lawrence1887-1948
NA77567Pearson; Sidney Vere (1875-1950); Dr; Senior Physician at Mundesley Sanatorium1875-1950
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