Document ReferenceLa Av 1/6
TitleDVD containing unedited interviews (audio only) with Spud Johnson, Dorothy Brett and Bill Hawk; also Frieda Lawrence reading Lawrence's poetry; copy of original recordings made c.1956-1968; DVD copy created 2015
Extent1 DVD
Access ConditionsUse of original restricted for preservation reasons; digital surrogate available in the Reading Room
Content DescriptionOne DVD containing audio interviews as follows:

Willard 'Spud' Johnson (26 minutes). Concerning his introduction to D.H. Lawrence and Frieda in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recalls incidents between Lawrence and Frieda where Lawrence had "sudden outbursts" of anger at Frieda.

Dorothy Brett (46 minutes). Topics discussed by Brett include her first meeting with Lawrence and Frieda in Hampstead in 1914, going to Taos with Lawrence in the 1920s, her relationship with Frieda, Lawrence's painting, their horses, Susan the cow and Timsy the cat, Lawrence's illness and the controversy surrounding his ashes following his death.

William 'Bill' Hawk (10 minutes). Recalls Lawrence's activities at their ranch, Lawrence and Frieda's fights, the other residents at the ranch.

Recording of Frieda Lawrence reading excerpts from the poems 'Bavarian Gentians' and 'Autumn at Taos' (3 minutes). See related recording at La Av 1/1.

Note that the disc was created in 2015 from earlier recordings by Mr Peter Davis. The date of the original interviews is not known, but evidence within the interviews would suggest a date after the death of Frieda Lawrence in 1956, but prior to the death of Willard Johnson in 1968.

Also see other recorded interviews by Peter Davis at La Av 1/8.
Related RecordLa/Av/1/8

Click the links below to view related name indexes

CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA393Johnson; Willard (1897-1968); American journalist and editor1897-1968
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA75410Hawk; William (1891-1975); dairy farmer nr. Kiowa Ranch New Mexico1891-1975
NA3423Brett; Dorothy Eugenie (1883-1977); artist; daughter of 2nd Viscount Esher1883-1977
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