Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

100 Handwritten: November 12, [1937]

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

100 Handwritten: November 12, [1937]

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Hudson Strode University


November twelfth

My dear Mrs. Woolf:

The letter which you so kindly wrote me and sent to Newton Mearns, Scotland chased me about two hemispheres and finally caught up with me. It was indeed most gracious of you to write before you received the copy of my book South By Thunderbird. Alas I'm afraid something went wrong with those two copies I ordered sent to England. A notice came back to me here saying that a shilling or so was due for extra transportation. I wrote my friend Maurice Colbourn, the theatrical director, asking him to attend to the matter, again gave him your address and sent the fee. No word since from him. I fear my letter went astray and there somewhere in some office for the lost remain the two books. They are twice as handsomely produced as the English edition too. But to make sure you do get a copy of my book, I asked Harriet Hamilton to send you a copy as soon as the first of the editions came from the press. I received a copy yesterday--so I trust South by Thunderbird has reached you in one dress or another. If both copies turn up, you might be good enough to send one to Dame Katharine Furse.

If you do get time to read the book, I should be so grateful if you would let me know if you found any pleasure in its pages. You will see that I was often hard put to try to make information palatable. The critics over here have been wondrous kind--even the violently anti-Roosevelt papers. I cannot hope for as enthusiastic reception in England, because the book is definitely pro-PanAmerican.

Random House has asked us to prepare an anthology of English lyrics from Wyatt to Housman--only the cream--less than a fourth of the Golden Treasury could be included. In my introductory essay I am mentioning favorite lyrics of [begin strikethrough]the[end strikethrough] twelve most important living men and women of letters of England and twelve of the United States. Since I consider you the foremost person writing in the English language today, I want you to head the list. Would you be so very gracious as to tell me two, three or four of your favorite lyrics? …

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