London, South Kensington
1 November 2006
YEATS, W. B. (1865-1939). Autograph letter signed to Ottoline Morrell, Riversdale, Dublin, [n.d.], one page, 8vo.
Recommending The Conquest of Old Age by Peter Schmidt (published 1931) and his surgeon, Norman Hails, in Harley St. 'I keep marvellously well, and I have begun writing verse with my old sense of power'. From the tone of the letter it would seem that it was written between 1935 when Yeats was rash enough to declare his admiration for Walter Turner's poetry in which Ottoline Morrell had been caricatured, and 1937 when he not only included Turner's poetry in an anthology but even singled out The Aesthetes for praise in the introduction. This was too much for Morrell who wrote on his last letter to her, 'Yeats fini'.
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