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T. E. Lawrence to Sydney Cockerell

Jan. 13th, 1924

Dear Cockerell

Did I ever thank you for The Rover? A very good book; but not better than the other Conrad's. Don't you think a man would strain himself each time to surpass the last mark? There is no strain in this.

About the Tokio professorship - not for me I'm afraid. I'm not going to be respectable again. Also I'm not fit either to be respectable, or to preach what I don't practise. Literature is beyond my grasp as a craft, and I don't aspire to it as a science.

Haven't heard of Charlotte Mew: but all the women who ever wrote original stuff could have been strangled at birth, and the history of English literature (and my bookshelves) would be unchanged.

Is it true that Doughty is writing again?



Source: SCC 361 (also, with variant punctuation, DG 450)
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 1 January 2006

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