Geoffrey de Montalk letters from Richard Aldington, 1930-1961 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
ID: 1/1/MSS 065
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Scope and Contents: Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk and Richard Aldington exchanged letters during 1930, and resumed their correspondence twenty-five years later, in 1955. Evident from the letters is a profound warmth and respect, which was mutually shared by the correspondents. Potocki de Montalk admired Aldington's caustic wit and literary erudition, and closely identified himself with the novelist's bitter struggle against the British literary establishment for recognition. The collection consists almost entirely of Aldington's letters to Potocki de Montalk with only one sample of the count's own correspondence with Aldington. In the role of literary mentor, Aldington provides in the letters a generous source of references and anecdotes that will be of certain value for literary and biographical research.