From the Bart Auerbach Collection. A total of 14 pages (8 are 8vo, 6 are 4to), approximately 1525 words of text, in ink. Old folds, two clean small fold tears in the last letter, but in very good condition. Item #409430
A charming series, beautifully written, full of news and affectionate in tone. Harwood Picard (b.1912) was the daughter of American artists Earl Henry Brewster (1878-1957) and his wife Achsah. The Brewsters met the Lawrences on Capri in 1921 and became good friends. Harwood was encouraged to call the Lawrences "Uncle David" and "Aunt Frieda". The letters span the final three years of Lawrence's life. There are a number of comments about his ill-health "At present I feel as weak as a kitten, and not a nice fluffy bouncy little kitten, but a poor weak-legged mauling brat, that ought to fall down a well", or "Well my dear, so now you're going to be a doctor, so hurry up and cure my asthma", but in general the letters are more up-beat: offering advice (on moving schools to Dartington Hall in Devon, England) "I do hope you get a footing in the world among other people, and independent of your father and mother. Thank goodness it is not too late. Then you can come back to Earl and Achsah with a new outlook, and new energy, and give them a share in a new Harwood"; describing the Lawrence's life "We are sitting tight for Christmas and making a Christmas tree for the Contadini. As their name is legion, with a few babies over, it's a job, and my spirit is rather faint. I'm afraid I get less altruistic (nice word) as I get older. Still, the tress isn't stolen yet from the pineta, and the toys are still to buy from the Quarant' Otto - a famous bazaar place here."
Harwood typed the manuscript of Lawrence's 'Apocalypse' during the Christmas holidays on the French Riviera in 1929. It proved to be his last book (posthumously published in 1931). The Brewsters were at Lawrence's burial in Vence, France, in 1930. Reference: Earl and Achsah Brewster, 'D. H. Lawrence, Reminiscences and Correspondence' (London, 1934). (BA).