William Dibben collection of Richard Aldington correspondence, 1947-1956
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Brief Description:

The collection contains letters from Aldington to William Dibben, Aldington's London bookseller from 1947 to 1956.  While living in France, Aldington needed source books for a variety of writing projects and for his personal collection.  These requests and acknowledgments of books received are the primary subjects of the correspondence.

Aldington's letters reflect the wide range of his literary activity and authorial intention on individual projects.  Noteworthy are Aldington's comments on the Waterton autobiography Pinorman, the D.H. Lawrence biography, the T.E. Lawrence book and its reception, as well as problems with publishers, the British press, and repression of unfavorable T.E. Lawrence material.  The correspondence provides few details about his personal life, with the exception of his devotion to daughter Catherine and their mutual interest in stamp collecting.

The letters to William Dibben reveal high regard for his bookseller and friend but also document Aldington as a bibliophile, a wit, and a writer devoted to meticulous and thorough research with truth as his primary motivation.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 1/1/MSS 161
Created by: Aldington, Richard, (1892-1962.), Dibben, William, collector.
Volume: 0.3 Linear Feet
Arrangement: Arranged into two series. (1) Correspondence from Richard Aldington to William Dibben, and (2) Other Correspondence and Miscellany.
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
Booksellers and bookselling - Great Britian
Dibben, William
Lawrence, D. H.  (David Herbert), 1885-1930.
Lawrence, T.E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935.
Genres/Forms of Material
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962 - Correspondence
Dibben, William - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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