Document ReferenceLa B 95
TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Davidson Road Boys School, South Norwood S.E., Croydon, Surrey to Louie Burrows; 29 Mar. 1911
Date29 March 1911
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionAddresses her as 'My dear Lou'; reports that he has just completed teaching 'As You Like It' [William Shakespeare] describing the class's enactment of the play; says that a cold has left him 'low' but is relieved that Humphreys [Ernest Arthur Humphreys] is back at school following his illness; plans to visit Lil Reynolds [Lilian Reynolds]; mentions how good his painting of the 'Idyll' looks; began a new sketch but spoiled it 'through not being in the painting humour', and comments that he cannot write and paint at the same period; is currently working on a short story as Arthur Harrison [of the 'English Review'] has asked him to submit some stories, of which he has a dozen in rough and is going to prepare one or two; intends to visit Harrison to discuss a story he already has.

Includes an early version of 'Teasing' [later entitled 'Tease'], consisting of two 4-line stanzas; mentions his mountain of composition marking; describes a class assignment, and his present enjoyment of his work; is tempted to 'turn tramp' and wander to Leicestershire; looks forward to the future, wishing for 'a nice running fresh current of life, that has no tang and no taint'; signed 'D.H.L.'
Title Of WorkTeasing
First Line of Poem'I will give you all my keys
Last Line of PoemPlaying your housekeeper's part'
Termart, paintings, Maurice Greiffenhagen 'Idyll'
occupations and professions, schoolteacher
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of a single folio of plain white paper (possibly taken out of a registration book, the recto is plain, the verso is tabulated); the dimensions are 334 x 206 mm; three horizontal and one vertical fold in the paper.
Related MaterialLa B 243/9/5; typed transcript of this letter made by Louie Burrows.
Related RecordLa/B/224-244/243
Publication NoteJames T. Boulton, ed. 'Lawrence in Love' (Nottingham: University of Nottingham, 1968) pp 86-88
James T. Boulton, ed. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979) vol I, pp 245-47
A longer version of 'Teasing' was first published in 'Poetry and Drama', December 1914
A longer version of 'Teasing', entitled 'Tease' was published in collected form in 'Amores' (London: Duckworth, 1916)

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA74637Reynolds; Lilian (1877-1954); teacher at Croydon1877-1954
NA74635Humphreys; Ernest Arthur (1882-); -; teacher at Croydon1882-
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA366Burrows; Louisa (1888-1962); known as 'Louie'; married Frederick Heath 19411888-1962
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