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June Writes Home Olga. ) Vows he will get over the Joycean inﬂuence and sends Samuel Putnam some more poems (presumably Spring Song and quite probably Sanies II [as ‘Happy Land’], both of which were in the batch subsequently [see 14/7] shown to Charles Prentice). Thanks Putnam for the kind and astute comments he had made on SB’s work – no doubt derived in part from conversations between them – in the preface to the New Review Press limited edition of George Reavey’s ﬁrst collection of poems Faust’s Metamorphoses published earlier in the month.
Sees An Enemy of the People at the Gaiety Theatre; later tells David Gullette that it is a truly great play and will later imply that Peer Gynt is not Ibsen’s masterpiece. 26 Leaves for Germany. 1932 January Kassel (sixth and last visit) for about 3 weeks. Resigns from his post at TCD. In the ﬁrst fortnight or so writes Dortmunder; cf the letter to Samuel Putnam of 3 April , mentioning the middle of January as the time SB sent him a short poem (Dortmunder) and a ‘long’ poem (Enueg I, rejected in Dublin 20/12/31).
Has bought a polyglot Horace, and has read two books by TF Powys. Publication date of The European Caravan, with four poems (Text, Casket of Pralinen…, Hell crane to starling, Yoke of Liberty). TMacG’s presentation copy is dated January 1932. (Some 2000 copies were produced; the book was ﬁrst reviewed in an American magazine in February 1932, but made little impact). Sends the poem Enueg I to Dublin Magazine (rejected by 20/12). ) TMacG writes to Samuel Putnam from the Trianon Palace Hotel, Paris, wondering if he’s back from the USA, and telling him that SB (about whom he is worried) writes from Dublin from time to time.