Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 21 June 1943

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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: 
21 June 1943
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
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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: 
00001572-2
Language: 
eng
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image
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receiving a rough copy of 'Strangeness of Heart' which apparently you had promised to send him some time ago -- He seemed awfully anxious to hear it. Queer man.
Good luck with the quartet -- Sounds good (in words) Don't be too bitter about your scholarship Harry. Rather, regard it as a compliment. It was ever this -- Judges never seem to be able to get beyond the last generation in matters of art competition. Because of your originality you may expect a lot of that and I certainly wouldn't look at it as a failure -- merely an incident or a misjudgement. It is their stupidity, not your failure.
You be the judge -- always. And remember you are having an early success and acceptance from those infinitely more important like Reg. Godden and Weinzweig, so you should care for a silly scholarship -- Badges -- Medals -- They only weigh you down -- I'm surprised at you. Carry on Harry -- To do good is harder by far than to do bad for general recognition. A good kick is sometimes a good shove. My sympathies with your feelings though. I too have felt them.
Well, I am glad that you may indulge in the