[lit-ideas] Re: Dishes

  • From: Judith Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:04:43 +0000 (GMT)

I don't know.  He lived and worked in Beirut from 1911 to 1913, then retired.  
He could well have moved to Switzerland then.

Here's his The Old Ships (simply because I felt like posting it!)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/aug/24/james-elroy-flecker-old-ships

Judy Evans, Cardiff
--- On Thu, 26/1/12, cblists@xxxxxxxx <cblists@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: cblists@xxxxxxxx <cblists@xxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Dishes
> To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Thursday, 26 January, 2012, 9:38
> 
> On 23-Jan-12, at 10:09 PM, Judith Evans wrote:
> 
> > For lust of knowing what should not be known...
> > 
> > Did you know this is on the SAS tower in Hereford?
> > 
> > "We are the Pilgrims, master; we shall go
> > Always a little further; it may be
> > Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
> > Across that angry or that glimmering sea."
> 
> Yes I had read somewhere that there was a quotation from
> Flecker's "The Golden Journey To Samarkand" on an SAS
> tower.
> 
> I also have learned that Flecker died of tuberculosis at
> Davos in 1915 (and that this was seen by some as the
> greatest loss to English literature through early death
> since Keats).
> 
> Assuming that Flecker's stay at Davos was for more than six
> months, this would have made his presence there at least
> briefly contemporaneous with the fictitious Hans Castorp,
> protagonist of Thomas Mann's _Der Zauberberg_ [The Magic
> Mountain - one of the central works in my literary canon].
> If Flecker's residence was longer than 3 years (or he had
> made previous convalescent visits) his time there would have
> indeed overlapped with Thomas Mann's presence in Davos in
> 1912 (which provided the inspiration for _DZ_).  Given
> the cosmopolitan nature of the clientele at the sanatoria
> there, it could then be possible that they met.
> 
> Does anyone know further?
> 
> Chris Bruce,
> whose 86 year-old neighbour Frau L. still drives her
> mid-60's Mercedes
> down to Davos yearly for a visit to friends who reside in
> the hotel
> which was once the sanatorium in which Der Zauberberg was
> set,
> in Kiel, Germany
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