4 June 2008
LAWRENCE, David Herbert (1885-1930). Autograph letter signed ('D.H. Lawrence') to [Harold T.] Mason, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 4 February 1928, 2 pages, 4to (some wear to folds).
ON HIS ATTEMPTS TO PUBLISH LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER: 'I'm going over my novel here -- the typescript -- and I'm going to try to expurgate and substitute sufficiently to produce a properish public version for Alf Knopf, presumably, to publish. But I want to publish the unmutilated version myself in Florence -- 1000 copies in all -- half for England. I shall send out no review copies. I shall make no advertisement -- just circulate a few little slips announcing the publication. Then, perhaps, if I post direct from Florence to all private individuals before I send any copies to England, so that there can be no talk beforehand -- perhaps that would be safest. I'm terribly afraid a crate might arouse suspicion and the whole thing be lost ... I daren't crate the whole damn thing'. He asks Mason's advice, proposing to send him 50 copies, as well as a set of proofs. The Lawrences are in Switzerland to try the effect of the cold air on his chest, but will return within a month to Florence. The letter, which opens with a reference to 'poor old Rabelais' (a rare edition of whose works had been confiscated by US customs) and also mentions Aldous Huxley, who is to receive 'a copy of that porcupine', closes with the plea 'don't be impatient with me'.
No. 4297 in the Collected Letters, ed. James T. Boulton (published from a photocopy held by University of Texas). (2)
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