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Record 24691

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Today I bought and read Aldous Huxley's essay Vulgarity in Literature. It's a surprisingly powerful thing, one of those treats in reading, of which our modern authors never afford me more than one a year. But much of the lighter pleasure it gave me was due to my having met him last week at your house & all the time he seemed to be saying it inside your amber drawing-room; ( where by the way I usually feel like a fly in amber). so I think I must thank you for what a great pleasure my last visit has brought me.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 1 Apr 1931
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: 19 Stourcliffe Street W1
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Walter D'Arcy Cresswell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 22 Jan 1896
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Poet
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: New Zealand
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Aldous Huxley
Title: Vulgarity in Literature
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Pamphlet
Publication details: 1930
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 24691  
Source - Print  
  Author: Walter D'Arcy Cresswell
  Editor: Helen Shaw
  Title: Dear Lady Ginger an exchange of letters between Lady Ottoline Morrell and D'Arcy Cresswell together with Ottoline's Morrell's essay on Katherine Mansfield
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 23
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Walter D'Arcy Cresswell, Helen Shaw (ed.), Dear Lady Ginger an exchange of letters between Lady Ottoline Morrell and D'Arcy Cresswell together with Ottoline's Morrell's essay on Katherine Mansfield (London , 1984), p. 23, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=24691, accessed: 18 October 2019

Additional comments:

This is an extract from a letter to Ottoline Morrell with whom D'Arcy Cresswell maintained a correspondence from 1930 until her death in April 1938. The occasion of meeting Huxley that D'Arcy Cresswell refers to would have doubtless been at one of her 'Thursdays' at 10 Gower Street to which she invited writers, artists and philosophers; acting as hostess and patron, encouraging them to meet and build relationships to further their talents. A young New Zealand poet, Cresswell had been lionized by the literary world following the 1930 publication of an autobiographical prose work 'The Poet's Progress'. As a notable influence on both Cresswell and Ottoline Morrell, Aldous Huxley was to continue to be a subject of letters between the two.

 

 

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