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TitleLetter from D.H. Lawrence, Villa Mirenda, Scandicci (Florence) to Esmé Percy; 19 Dec. 1926
Date19 December 1926
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionAddresses him as 'Dear Mr Percy'; has received reviews of his [Percy's] production of 'The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd' [produced 12, 13, 19 Dec 1926 at the Kingsway Theatre, London] and wishes he could have been there; it is a 'bore that the audience and the critics didn't like it' as they seemed 'to have done the thing so well'; accepts that 'plainly' it was his fault but suggests that the audiences and critics believe themselves perfect when they may be 'inefficient' listeners.

Confesses that it is years since he read the play and he wrote it when he was 'raw'; they may be right in suggesting that 'the last act is too much taken up with washing the dead, instead of getting on a bit with life'; asks that Percy and Miss [Marda] Vanne tell him what they think and he will 're-model the end' if the play is to be 'done again'; sends thanks to Percy, Miss Vanne, Colin Keith-Johnston and 'the others who did what they could'; signed 'D.H. Lawrence'; adds some criticism of the play from a friend of Lawrence's [Rolf Gardiner].
Termdramatic productions, plays, D.H. Lawrence 'Widowing of Mrs Holroyd'
dramatic productions, criticism
publications, plays, D.H. Lawrence 'Widowing of Mrs Holroyd'
ReprodnNoteUniversity of Nottingham.
Physical DescriptionWritten in dark ink on both sides of a single folio of unlined paper; watermarked with a shield; dimensions are 266 x 208 mm; one vertical and one horizontal fold in the paper.
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Publication NoteJames T. Boulton and Lindeth Vasey, eds. 'The Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989) vol V, p 384
Harry T. Moore, ed. 'The Collected Letters of D.H. Lawrence' (London: Heinemann, 1962) p 363

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA75528Vanne; Marda (-1970); actress; played Mrs Holroyd in 'The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd' Dec 1926-1970
NA75529Johnston; Colin Keith- (1896-1980); -; actor; played Blackmore in 'The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd' Dec 19261896-1980
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA405Percy; Esmé Saville (1887-1957); actor and theatre director1887-1957
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