Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 8 September [1944]

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
8 September [1944]
Place: Belgium
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001606-7
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

But I become ponderous, perhaps. The greatest desire I have is to simply “BE” with thee and in fact with all those who are beautiful and good in my eyes. Perhaps it cannot be accomplished in life but only in that real world, that lasting world “the imagination” for always I am denied it in this world of interruption, circumstance and obligation.
That is why I accept with alacrity, for the first time offered, to live with you in the mind, defier of space and time. It matters not then if we do not meet again even. The greatest of realisations has been accomplished, in friendship, by you, that you can be with me in spirit anywhere. It is the finest gift a sincere man could have. It seems to me the perfect way, to live -- and to die. For this I am less separate from my own affinities than it at first appears. How much richer meanings of living become.
How wonderful. I won't have to bother writing to you anymore. You won't have to wade through pages of words, words, words.
(pig)