Some Letters from Abroad of James Elroy Flecker
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Some Letters From Abroad Of James Elroy Flecker
With A Few Reminiscences
By Helle Flecker
Hardback with dust jacket. Published by William Heinemann, London, 1930. First Edition.
8vo; Approx size: 23cm H x 15cm W (9” H x 6”W). 190pp. Illustrated with 36 b/w photographs. Appendix. Introduction by J. C. Squire. Black boards with gold titles to the spine. Condition: Spine bumped; Boards clean tho a little age mottled. Inside: Light foxing to endpapers; All pages present; No inscriptions; Pages clean; Tight textblock; No tears. Very Good. Dust jacket (Photo of JEF on the balcony in Areya, taken by Col. T. E. Lawrence) : Torn, with small sections missing on the back and the bottom of the spine (see photographs); Repaired on the inside; Now under protective book cellophane; Not price clipped. Good
Overall condition Good++
‘The poet’s letters reproduced in this volume show what manner of man he was: they also illustrate the whole course of his affairs. Moreover, the memoir which his wife provides covers all the years from their first meeting to his death, and no one save she knew what his life was in the East, nor the circumstances under which he wrote his later poems.’
James Elroy Flecker was born at Lewisham on November 5th, 1884, the eldest of the four children of the Rev. W. H. Flecker, D.D. He went to school at Dean Close and then Uppingham. From 1902 to 1907 he was at Trinity College, Oxford. He then spent a year in London, ,partly as a schoolmaster – the practical interest in education never left him – and then went to Caius College, Cambridge for two years, where he learnt oriental languages with a view to entering the Consular Service. In June 1910 he was sent to Constantinople, but at the end of the summer he had to return to England, and go into a sanatorium. He appeared to be cured when he returned to Constantinople in March 1911; was transferred to Smyrna in the following month; and in May, at Athens, married Miss Helle Skiadaressi. His subsequent movements, first in the East, then, as an invalid, in Switzerland, may easily be followed in the letters here printed. He died on January 3rd 1915, at Davos, and is buried at Cheltenham.’ Friend of Rupert Brooke and T. E. Lawrence (photographed), both of whom are mentioned, this volume contains letters to Mr Frank Savery, Mr E. Marsh, Mr Squire, Mr Mavrogordato & Mr Munro.
A scarce title (especially with dust jacket).
Overall condition – Good++