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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Julian Grenfell


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Julian Grenfell : Into Battle

‘There is an excellent article in this week Saturday Westminster, a paper of which I am very fond. It is a review by Walter de la Mare, and is that poet’s confession of Faith … My leave starts on Thursday—5 whole days … Do you not like Laurence Binyon’s verses in the Times Supplement? Those and Hardy’s and Kipling’s are the best of the bunch. Though I like Watson Grenfell and Noyes. Hardy’s grows on one. Did you ever read his last book of Short Stories—"The Changed Man"? … Have you read any of D F Lawrence? I have just finished an extraordinary book called "The White Peacock", full of arresting studies of character and most essentially breathing of earth and clouds and flowers—though not a pleasant book … we had Zeps here about a fortnight ago. Two bombs were dropped on Chelmsford itself, both on or near the Glosters billeting area. The damage was perhaps 5£ worth. It cured an old lady of muscular rheumatism, indeed it made an athlete, a sprinter of her—she went down the street in her nightgown like a comet or some gravity-defying ghost.’

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Ivor Bertie Gurney      Print: Newspaper


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