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There he grew up with his sister Margery and attended preparatory schools, after which he studied for four years at Dover College. It was at Dover, also, that he began collecting butterflies - an occasional hobby that he would stay with for most of his life. When he was sixteen, the family moved inland to Harrow, and then to Teddington.
There, Richard he chose to be called Richard while still a boy enrolled in University College. He did not much enjoy the academic standards there, however. This was probably due to his having gotten used to the informal, eclectic education he provided himself in his father's excellent library, and studying with his older friend Dudley Grey who was a classical scholar and world traveller. In any case, he did not complete his education at University College due to a sudden financial loss suffered by his father, that forced him to withdraw.
In later years, even though he tried to down-play the importance of the degree he never got, Aldington was often defensive about lacking that degree. For a while, Aldington was supporting himself with odd jobs, mainly as an assistant to a newspaper sportswriter. Finding this less than fulfilling, he decided he could get by with a more Spartan lifestyle and devote more of his time to writing and occasionally selling his poetry. Yeats, and Ezra Pound. After befriending Aldington, Pound soon introduced him to his American friend, H.
Aldington and H. With a little financial help from his parents, Aldington was able to go to Paris for a few months in Aldington then returned to London, but only for a short time before setting off on his first trip to Italy which lasted seven months. He was with H. Their marriage was a reasonably happy one for a short while, but came upon particularly hard times after their first and only child was stillborn on May 21, This event had a marked effect on H. They lived separately for many years, and finalized their divorce on June 22, They became close again in their later years.
They were stationed at Dorsetshire until December, when they had completed their training and were sent to France. The two and a half years that Aldington spent in active duty during WWI was to become perhaps the greatest single influence on his writing for the decades to follow.
His first, and perhaps most well known novel, Death of a Herois described by Norman Gates as "one of the best novels about World War I and a savage satire of the society that RA felt was responsible for it. In the poem The Loverprinted in that volume, Aldington synthesizes fears and desires he felt during combat:.
She will not come to me In the time of soft plum-blossoms When the air is gay with birds singing And the sky is a delicate caress; She will come From the midst of a vast clamour With a mist of stars about her And great beckoning plumes of smoke Upon her leaping horses. And she will bend suddenly and clasp me; She will clutch me with fierce arms And stab me with a kiss like a wound Thad bleeds slowly.
But though she will hurt me at first In her strong gladness She will soon soothe me gently And cast upon me an unbreakable sleep Softly for ever. The 's and 30's were a time of great advancement for Aldington's career as writer and critic.
He enjoyed an influential friendship with T. Eliot, who took over editorship of the literary journal, the Egoistfrom Aldington in He published 24 books, as editor or translator, or collections of his poems, between andincluding the first book of his about his friend D. Lawrence, D. Lawrence, An Indiscretion. Over the following ten years, he published several more collections of short stories, three long poems, four editions of his collected poems, miscellaneous literary journalism and wrote seven novels. He lived there off and on for ten years.
In he fell in love with the daughter-in-law of his old friend Brigit Patmore. Netta at the time, Mrs. After Netta obtained her divorce from Michael, and Aldington finalized his divorce with H. Their daughter, Catherine, was born shortly afterwards, and by September they were back in France where they stayed until February, Back in Connecticut, Aldington sold serial rights to his memoirs to the Atlantic Monthly which were published in by Viking under the title Life for Life's Sake. He had been deeply disturbed by the First World War, and after the start of the Second, he felt that the Europe he had known was no longer there for him.
His memoirs contained what he then felt was his farewell to his pre-war Europe. After the Aldingtons had moved to Florida, Richard began working on his biography of the Duke of Wellington published in This marked the beginning of his rather ificant career as a biographer over the next ten years. Inrecalling the sale of the film rights to All Men Are Enemies ten years earlier, Aldington took his family to Hollywood where he hoped to work as a screen writer.
They stayed in Hollywood for over three years while Richard worked as a freelance writer for the studios. Inincome from the royalties from his numerous works diminished considerably with the publication of Aldington's biography of legendarily heroic Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence L'Imposteur: T. Aldington expected that he would be writing the biography of a hero, but in the process realized that the legend of the man was, in fact, legend indeed - and mostly of T.
Lawrence's own making. Even though in later years, most historians came to agree with Aldington's of the facts of Lawrence's life, the general public in was not ready to accept it. The abuse aimed at Aldington from his critics was overwhelming and resulted in publishers refusing to print his works and bookstores refusing to stock them for lack of demand.
After the public's poor opinion of Aldington subsided somewhat, and his works went back into print and he was given more editing work. Several of his works were translated into Russian and he found himself quite surprised by his popularity in the Soviet Union.
Aldington looked forward to having the opportunity to flaunt his acceptance among his Russian readers to his fellow British intellectuals for whom he felt quite a bit of disdain. Before his death inin a letter to Eric Warman in May of that year, Aldington writes that with his trip to Leningrad and Moscow, "I shall at least have the pleasure of annoying some people in G[reat] B[ritain].
Aldington was asked to give a speech to the Writer's Club in Moscow on during the celebration of his 70th birthday. Mikhail Urnov recalled Aldington's words, "Here, in the Soviet Union, for the first time in my life I have met with extraordinary warmth and attention. This is the happiest day of my life. I shall never forget it.
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