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Gordon Bottomley


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Gordon Bottomley : Gruach and Britain's Daughter: Two Plays

' I wish I had seen S.T. [Sybil Thorndike] in "Gruach" — I read it and thought it so fine. And I like all your talk about plays like Mr Pepys.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Gertrude Bell      Print: playscript


Gordon Bottomley : King Lear's Wife

‘Your Georgian B. has arrived at last; many many thanks. I pounced on King Lear’s Wife, and though it was not more than I expected, it was not less. The only fault I can find is the diction. It has the aspect of talking to children, in some places. Goneril is marvellously drawn. Lear is a bit shadowy, perhaps, but altogether as a poetic drama, it is of the very highest kind … Rupert Brooke’s poem on Clouds is marvellous; his style offends me; it is gaudy and reminiscent … I also received your packet of papers which I’ve had no time yet to look into.’

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Isaac Rosenberg      Print: Book


Gordon Bottomley : [unknown]

‘Your Lucretius arrived in all its beauty of type and cover. It is a noble poem and I wish it were printed in a more compressed form so that one could have it in the pocket and read it more. It does now sound like a translation the words seem so natural to the thought … I can say no more than that I got deep pleasure from it and thank you very much. I’m reading some Shakespeare—Sturge Moore, G. Bottomley H. G. Wells—Sturge Moore delights me—they are only small things I mean as number of words go,— but he is after my own heart. You know what I think of G. B. And that old hawker of immortality how glad one feels, he is not a witness of these terrible times—he would only have been flung into this terrible destruction, like the rest of us. Anyway we all hope it’ll all end well.’

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Isaac Rosenberg      Print: Book


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