[MONTHERLANT) (Henry), écrivain français (1895-1972)]

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[MONTHERLANT) (Henry), écrivain français (1895-1972)]
- POMES (Mathilde), French literary critic and poetess (1886-1977) 3 L.A.S. de Mathilde Pomes à Tosi, Campan 27 September 1947, Rome 8 November 1947 and 26 January 1946, 6 p. in-8°, 1 envelope. Interesting correspondence evoking Montherlant during their trip to Rome. 27 Sept.: It was Montherlant who took all summer to persuade her to make this trip "with that mixture of anxiety and childishness that you know him...and which is one of his most endearing sides...If all this were to reappear one day in the form of chores imposed on him, you would know where you stand. In Italy, he will not have his eyes closed, neither on what he will see, nor on me...but I assure you that it will be reciprocal...I have had for Mr. the deepest affection, an almost maternal tenderness for him. He has found a way to lose them (I've had my share of wrongs in this, I admit)...eight months ago he came back to me spontaneously...if I can spare him in Rome those moments of aridity, of loneliness, of cooling of the soul which are inseparable from any journey but which for him are so important that they have made him the hunted traveller that we know, our society will not have been useless.... "Nov. 8: they spent 20 days without almost separating, without a cloud..."... This being who passes for so obnoxious, so intractable, I only had to praise myself for his ease, his cheerfulness, often his kindness. I think he loved Rome... God knows the magnificent pages that will come out of his notes!... I want to render to Mr. another justice outside of his character: his uprightness and honesty. If he is a man of letters, he is one of the best, nothing like the neems we know...only too well.... "Rome, January 1948: friendly literary letter.
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