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Arthur Ransome in 1913

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Posted by John Wilson on April 21, 2022 at 02:03:33 user hugo.

On 19 & 20 May 1913 Arthur Ransome visited John Middleton Murry, the husband of Katherine Mansfield. Murry wrote to “Tig” (KM) from The Blue Review at 57 Chancery Lane, London W.C. that he was a beast this morning at breakfast and that:

Ransome was here yesterday & to-day trying to inveigle me into the country with him. I was adamant. Wilfred’s going however next week-end, so we shall be alone - which is first-rate. W. H. Davies also was here.

The second paragraph of his letter: People identified in notes as:
Arthur Ransome (1884-1967), journalist and prolific writer, particularly of children’s books.
Wilfred Wilson Gibson (1878-1962) , Georgian poet and regular contributor to Rhythm.
W. H. Davies (1871-1940) Georgian poet, who contributed to Rhythm and The Blue Review.
Mentioned in the previous letter was:
Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938), poet, dramatist and critic who contributed in 1913 to Rhythm and The Blue Review. Swallowdale was originally dedicated to his daughter Elizabeth.

So Murry saw KM at breakfast then wrote to her to apologise for being a beast at breakfast. And she got the letter later that day!

''The letters of John Middleton Murry to Katherine Mansfield''; ed. C.A. Hankin (1983, Hutchinson, NZ & Constable, UK):

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