Title: D. H. Lawrence and Maurice Magnus. A Plea ...
Publisher: Privately Published, No place
Publication Date: 1925
Edition: First edition.
8" x 5.25". 54pp. Printed sewn wrappers. Somewhat soiled and worn; good condition. NOT near fine. The text of this booklet is Douglas' reply to Lawrence's vicious character attack on Maurice Magnus, in his introduction to Magnus's Memoirs Of The Foreign Legion By M.M. Magnus was described as a "little fussy fellow" and his account further characterizes him as a man totally convinced of his higher class standing. Even when flat broke Magnus still refused to make his own dinners, sleep in lower class hotels, or take 2nd or 3rd class transportation. He simply borrowed more money from his very tolerant friends. He was clearly a fish out of water when he showed up for his service in the Legion – older, smarter, idealistic, well off, and at least in his mind a member of the upper class. Eventually, after miserable treatment by the French military, he deserted and slipped away to Italy. His debt eventually caught up to him – Magnus killed himself in his hotel room rather than be taken away by the police sent to arrest him and who were waiting outside his door. Bookseller Inventory # 26261
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