Letter from George Yeats to Thomas MacGreevy. 8 June .[p.1 recto]
82, Merrion Square
June 8 28
My dear Tom
I want to spend
Tuesday Monday 18th night
in Paris on my way to
Montreux. And I have lost the list of hotels you sent
me. So I am writing to the hotel nearest to the station! I shall let you
know what time the train gets in for it would be nice to be met!
Life has been pretty hectic. But Willy is now recovering from the O'CaseySean O'Casey had without permission published the correspondence over the Abbey Theatre's rejection of The Silver Tassie. behaviourisms — he was really knocked up for two days, and had to stay in bed. And before that there seemed no end to the amount there was to do — a long German thesis to be translated to him (a Bonn student writing for a "doctorat") then just as that was finished, all the O'Casey stunt.
The house is now definitely sold. Its rather horrid, but inevitable. I have to move out by August 1.
Dont be too cross with Tinche because he asked to see one scene of the french translation of Whiteheaded
Boy. Every writer has to do that. Personally I have never given
permission to any translator, no matter who he was, without seeing a
"specimen". It is the usual custom. In two
[p.1 verso]cases I refused
permission ( one French and one German) to men whose own work I admire quite
a lot! They simply couldnt translate. Its a totally different art, and I'm
not at all sure that any good writer can translate, or any good translator
write! Its the same sort of difference as music and opera. I should
certainly, had you suggested doing a translation of W.B. have made the
demand. There's a man called Herlitschka making
translations of all Willy's verse and
verse plays into German,
Herbert E. Herlitschka translated some of WBY's stories and poems into German in
1927and his translations are beautiful — but the man's own work,
and there is almost nothing of it, is negligible. I've been reading your
translation of Valery to Willy — we both think it a better translation
than the American one, but I do think the first part the first six or seven
pages need some slight revisions, it isnt very clear, I dont feel as if some
words were used very precisely. Willy
says he likes the essay better than he did "but perhaps I did not read it
very carefully before." He doesnt think Macmillan would
take it in separate form, alone, but might take it if part of a volume.
However I havent finished reading it to him [p.2 recto]yet, it is a slowish
business as much time is filled up by O'Casey and W. isnt well
enough for prolonged attention to anything. This isnt saying he is ill; he
is just a bit done up.