Recollections of Logan Pearsall Smith: The Story of a Friendship

Recollections of Logan Pearsall Smith: The Story of a Friendship

Recollections of Logan Pearsall Smith: The Story of a Friendship

Recollections of Logan Pearsall Smith: The Story of a Friendship

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I feel it a privilege to endorse this book about my brother, Logan Pearsall Smith, by my friend Robert Gathorne-Hardy, 'the passionate apprentice', as I often think of him. I shall always feel grateful for the great happiness he gave to my brother's later middle years, and now I am additionally grateful for this glowing picture of his work and personality.

That their friendship ended under the sad cloud of my brother's last long illness was a tragedy indeed, but one that needs to be told in any faithful biography. My brother would be the first to wish the whole truth to be told, as a partial portrait can never be a faithful nor a lasting one.

From time to time younger friends would ask for his opinion when they were at work on memoirs or recollections. His advice was always firmly given, 'Tell the truth'. But I cannot do better in this respect than to quote the words of our old friend who, as my brother has written, had so profound an influence upon him, 'Do not prettify me,' said Walt Whitman to Horace Traubel; 'Be sure to write about me honest: whatever you do do not prettify me: include all the hells and damns.'

ALYS RUSSELL

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