Correspondent Michael Copp writes to note the following reference to RA in Christopher Hassall’s Edward Marsh: A Biography (Longman, 1959). This message was sent in April 1932 via Derek Patmore, the son of Brigit Patmore:
‘Do give Richard my love, also, if you think fit, a modest request that he won’t slog quite so hard and, I think, indiscriminately at his rotters. To be really disgusted with them it is essential one should believe in their existence, which one can’t do if he plasters them with incompatible defects.’ (p. 575)
The contrast in viewpoint between Aldington’s belief that the horrors of the First World War couldn’t be exaggerated, and Marsh’s measured, establishment viewpoint is palpable.
Brigit Patmore’s memoir My Friends When Young (Heinemann, 1968) has an intro by Derek Patmore; both discuss RA engagingly.
I’m pleased to see that there have been a couple of recent academic articles directly discussing Richard Aldington by an Italian scholar, Elisa Bolchi.
In a 2015 issue of the journal Textus, Bolchi published the article ‘“Italy means most to me”: Richard Aldington, Politics, and Translation in Two Italian Archives’. The article engages with Aldington’s correspondence with his Italian translator Alessandra Scalero, highlighting the care he took in dealing with translations, and his love for Italy.
Bolchi has also written recently for the journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism a piece entitled ‘Darkened Lands: a post-pastoral reading of Richard Aldington’s Death of a Hero.’ The essay reads Aldington’s great war novel in terms of the experience of war as anti-pastoral, while noting that in times of war pastoral conventions are often employed.
It’s great to see some more scholarship specifically on Aldington appearing. Please do let me know if you’re writing about Aldington, or if you’ve seen scholarship that I might not have come across.