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Letter from Thomas MacGreevy to George Yeats. 17 June 1927.

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Ecole Normale Superieure
45 rue d'Ulm
Paris Vme
17th June, 1927


I was very glad to get your letter. I dont know which book Lennox brought you. One on Loches was for yourself, Cocteau's Orphée was with an eye on the Drama League but I think you'd have pleasure in it yourself too. If you think it would interest Dublin — and here it was touching as well as grotesque, the death scene and the loosing of the doves being particularly fine — and it was looking for a translator not otherwise. I could go and see Stock about it and some publisher in England might take it from me. What with Cocteau's conversion and its own charm I think Dublin would probably be interested. I hope that the Drama League will really do The Powers of Darkness next year too. As a compensation for The Constant Nymph Dublin is entitled to it. That must have been a nice business. Yes I saw the London production too and thought it as low as low. Hester took me and then took Dolly again. Lewis Dodd reminded her so of Lennox.

I have not much news. I am working very hard at a few things none of them any great account yet but which will bring in dineros later. I offered the dentist to Constant Lambert but [p.1 verso]he did not reply. I am not sufficiently the young man about town to be encouraged by Constant. I could probably get in touch with Auric here and that would be better. He seems rather a big pet and nearly everything in Constant derives from him. Antheil is looking for a theme for a ballet of which the sketches have to be with Diaghileff by August 1st and he seems to take it for granted that I can supply him with one. I thought of the Resurrection which treated in the style of Mantegna could be terrific. He likes the idea too but is more taken with a story of St John Chrysostom — & the Emperor's Daughter which I have thought of for him since long before I knew him. Lennox was shocked by it but then he is becoming such an old maid. nymph!. I think it very beautiful and I saved it specially for Antheil because I thought he'd have no wish to do anything facetious with it as Constant Lambert for instance would. And I was right. The Vertumnus goes on in October. I am also hammering away at the Valéry translation and hope to get it off to a publisher before I go away in mid-July. I am asked to go to Naples Rome Florence Venice, Milan, Lucerne and Paris with 4 Americans for Lunns, doing the whole thing in a fortnight. It's obscene and an insult to Italy and I'd much rather not but I'll be paid at the rate of ½5 a week. I don't know yet how much I'll get for the Valery but if Benn take it I'll be all right up to Xmas even if I don't stay on here, and then there may be something arriving from ballets etc. Eliot is also looking for something long for me he says I suppose there is no likelihood of your being in Paris soon? I wish there was a chance of a talk.[p.1 recto] And if I do get home you'll probably be away. Try to come over sometime. Love to all at 82. I have a p.c. of Lindbergh for Michael. The Prince's nose must be pretty well out of joint over Lindbergh. He has had the rêve de jeune fille field to himself ever since Valentino died.



I am pleased to find I can read a novel again — for the first time in 3 years I am beginning to feel like a normal human being. But what a nightmare. Made it for myself quite miserably I suppose. I read "The Lover" by Conrad, the first thing of his I ever finished.