• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 136

    ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Typed letter signed ('T.S. Eliot') to Father Martin Jarrett-Kerr, C.R., 24 Russell Square, 15 December 1960, on D.H. Lawrence and the Chatterley trial, declining to write a new preface for the recipient's book on Lawrence and expressing a certain relief that he was not called as a witness in the Lady Chatterley trial, 'One of my strong reasons for wishing to go to the defence was my conviction that what seemed to me definitely immoral literature passed by without question, whereas Lawrence at least had a very serious and laudible intention. However, as I say, though I do not find his work sympathetic, though I am sure I should not have liked the man, there is so much to be said that I could not say in the space or indeed in the time', referring at the conclusion to Lolita 'which shocked me very much', 1½ pages, 4to; with a photocopy of another letter to the same recipient.

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    ELIOT, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965). Typed letter signed ('T.S. Eliot') to Father Martin Jarrett-Kerr, C.R., 24 Russell Square, 15 December 1960, on D.H. Lawrence and the Chatterley trial, declining to write a new preface for the recipient's book on Lawrence and expressing a certain relief that he was not called as a witness in the Lady Chatterley trial, 'One of my strong reasons for wishing to go to the defence was my conviction that what seemed to me definitely immoral literature passed by without question, whereas Lawrence at least had a very serious and laudible intention. However, as I say, though I do not find his work sympathetic, though I am sure I should not have liked the man, there is so much to be said that I could not say in the space or indeed in the time', referring at the conclusion to Lolita 'which shocked me very much', 1½ pages, 4to; with a photocopy of another letter to the same recipient.


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