Geoffrey de Montalk letters from Richard Aldington, 1930-1961
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Brief Description: 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.
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Record Series Number: 1/1/MSS 065
Created by: Aldington, Richard, (1892-1962.), Potocki de Montalk, Geoffrey, Count.
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1969.
Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order.
Biographical Note for Aldington, Richard, (1892-1962.) :

Richard Aldington was born in Hampshire in 1882. Educated at Dover College and London University he founded the "Egotist journal "in 1913. He joined the British Army and served on the Western Front in 1916-1918 where he was badly gassed.

After the war Aldington published several volumes of poetry including "Images" 1910-1915 (1915), "Images of War" (1919), "A Fool in the Forest" (1925) and "A Dream in Luxembourg" (1930). His successful novel, "Death of a Hero", was a psychological study of a young officer in the First World War. It was during this time that Aldington began exchanging letters with Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk, a writer, scholar, private printer,  poet, and exiled Polish artistocrat.

Aldington also wrote controversial biographies of the "Duke of Wellington" (1946) and "D. H. Lawrence "(1950) and an autobiography, "Life for Life's Sake" (1940). Richard Aldington died in 1962.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962
Potocki de Montalk, Geoffrey, Count
Genres/Forms of Material
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962 - Correspondence
Potocki de Montalk, Geoffrey, Count - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Purchased
PreferredCitation: [Item], Geoffery de Montalk letters from Richard Aldington, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.