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Leonard Merrick


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Leonard Merrick : A Chair on the Boulevard

'Thursday,28th January, ?Peer Gynt? is good stuff. I hope the Beechcroft Players tackle it some time. Though I suppose it has been done too often. In any case Bensham have done it and Beechcroft must set the pace, not follow the lead. Read ? ?A chair on the Boulevard? (L. Merrick)'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Gerald Moore      Print: Book


Leonard Merrick : 

Virginia Woolf to Saxon Sydney-Turner, 25 February 1918: 'Asheham is very lovely at the moment. I started upon Sophocles the day after we came -- the Electra, which has made me plan to read all Greek straight through [...] I found great consolation during the influenza in the works of Leonard Merrick, a poor unappreciated second-rate pot-boiling writer of stories about the stage, whom I deduce to be a negro, mulatto, or quadroon; at any rate he has a grudge against the world, and might have done much better if he hadn't at the age of 20 married a chorus girl, had by her 15 coffee coloured brats and lived for the rest of the time in a villa in Brixton, where he ekes out his living by giving lessons in elocution to the natives'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Woolf      Print: Book


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