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Verlag: Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara, 1976
ISBN 10: 0876852258 / ISBN 13: 9780876852255
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Titel: Letters to THOMAS & ADELE SELTZER

Verlag: Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara

Erscheinungsdatum: 1976

Einband: Paperback

Zustand: Good copy.

Auflage: 1st edition.


Frontispiece portrait: Edward Weston: D. H. Lawrence. Design by Barbara Martin. Contents: 1). Gerald M. Lacy: Introduction. 2). Letters to Thomas & Adele Seltzer from D. H. Lawrence. 3). Alexandra Lee Levin & Lawrence L. Levin: The Seltzers & D. H. Lawrence: A biographical narrative. 4). Letters from Thomas & Adele Seltzer. 5). Thomas Seltzer publications of D. H. Lawrence: a chronological listing. 6). Locations of manuscripts and photographs. 7). Bibliography. 8). Catherine Carswell: About D. H. Lawrence. 79 illustrations. With notes. 284 + (3) pag. Size: 22,5cmx15cm. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 019256

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Inhaltsangabe: For seven years (1919 1926), Thomas Seltzer was one of New York City's most influential small publishers: a compact engine of the coming modern movement. Born in Russia in 1875, he was a proponent of progressive politics and experimental writing, founding editor of The Masses, and the first editor in chief of the Modern Library. At Thomas Seltzer Inc. he translated Tolstoy and Gorky, edited Chekhov and Turgenev, and published Henry James and Stefan Zweig. Most important, he championed D. H. Lawrence at a crucial period in his literary development, publishing the first U.S. editions of The Rainbow, Women in Love, Sons and Lovers, Aaron's Rod twenty titles in all. Lawrence trusted him, enjoyed his intelligence and can-do spirit, and became warm friends to both him and his wife, Adele, who was very much a partner in Seltzer's business.

Lawrence's letters to the Seltzers here numbering 135 were posted from Sicily and Mexico, often together with affectionate postscripts from Lawrence's wife, Frieda. There is much here about Lawrence's reading ("Ulysses wearied me: so like a schoolmaster with dirt & stuff in his head: sometimes good though: but too mental") and about Mexico and the Mexican people ("Mazatlan is very like the South Seas Isles in quality, as remote & soft & senusuous . . . and the natives very like islanders . . . the Pacific blue-black in the eyes & hair, fathomless, timeless"). But these are personal letters only in the margins: most are strictly business, artist to publisher, and concerned with the content, marketing, and design of Lawrence's books.

It was a beautiful partnership at least until 1924, when Seltzer was dragged before the courts for publishing Schnitzler's sexually candid Casanova's Homecoming. Defending himself against the Comstock Laws nearly bankrupted him, and as his financial situation darkened and he caved under legal pressures, his relationship with Lawrence became sadly strained. In the end, Lawrence moved to Knopf, with some regret: "It was neither your fault nor mine. It's just that neither of us is in line with modern business. I don't intend to be, but you can't be. It's not really in your nature; you're not tough enough. I can afford not to succeed but you, being in business, needed to. Which makes me very sorry things went as they did. . . . Why didn't they turn out nicer?"

Über den Autor: David Herbert Lawrence was born in 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England. Though better known as a novelist, his first published works were poems, and his poetry, especially his evocations of the natural world, have since had a significant influence on many poets on both side of the Atlantic. He was charged with obscenity and persecuted during World War I for the supposed German sypmathies of his wife, Frieda. Consequently, they traveled around the world, spending considerable time in Taos, New Mexico, where Lawrence became a celebrity attraction. He died in France in 1930.

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