by FLECKER, James Elroy [Herman] (1884-1915); Helle FLECKER (ed.).
London:: Beaumont Press, 1926., 1926. 8vo. 126 pp. Colored title-vignette. Printed on parchment paper. Bound in highly decorative parchment over boards, featuring a three-color Persian-styled motif showing a blue and red border, and set within is a broken tree (perhaps alluding to the author's life having been broken at the prime of life). SIGNED BY FOUR PERSONS. Fine copy. LIMITED EDITION of 80 copies printed on parchment vellum, and signed by the editor, artists (2), and publisher. The edition was also issued in handmade paper, these copies being numbered 81 to 390. A collection of letters written by the poet, diplomat and Orientalist James Elroy Flecker, published posthumously, by the effort of the author's wife, who edited the letters. / Frank Savery was the author's oldest friend, and it is with good fortune that the extensive correspondence had been preserved, despite the war, etc., and herein published. Flecker had traveled in the Near East and Persia. The binding of this volume is very much inspired by Persian art. / "Roy" (or) "James" Flecker, the son of an Anglican clergyman, was educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, where his father was the headmaster, and later at Uppingham School. He studied at Trinity College, Oxford, and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. While at Oxford he was greatly influenced by the last flowering of the Aesthetic movement there under John Addington Symonds, and became a close friend of the classicist and art historian John Beazley. He wrote six books of poetry, two novels, and two dramas, and more. In his family line, Flecker's paternal grandfather, moved to Constantinople, to teach, then returned to England. Both parents of Flecker were of Jewish heritage, but felt forced to become Christian in order to escape persecution. Flecker studied under E.G. Browne (1862-1926), the famed Persian scholar, taking on Turkish, Arabic, Persian and Russian. / "A visit to Damascus for Christmas 1911, a city whose extensive bazaars enchanted Flecker, provided the inspiration for "The Gates of Damascus", a poem which, Sherwood has written, "marks the high point of Flecker's achievement in the oriental mood, since it combines powerful and concentrated ideas with an assured and free manipulation of the Persian-style internal and external rhymes", and which Flecker himself described to his friend Savery as "my greatest poem". – Bosworth. / From 1910 Flecker worked in the consular service in the Eastern Mediterranean. He met Helle Skiadaressi, on a ship headed to Athens, Greece. He married her in 1911. She is the person who edited these letters, as he passed away just four years later, succumbing to tuberculosis. SEE: C.E. Bosworth, "James Elroy Flecker, poet, diplomat, Orientalist," Bosworth was Professor of Arabic studies at the University of Manchester.
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