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"My Dear—This is a strange world into which I have come, a world of dying beauty and harsh life." This was number 6 in a sequence of eight Russia letters. In the Auto. however, it became number 3 as the letters that Colette wrote are not published there.
The strange world he is referring to is Petrograd, Soviet Russia, although the actual letter was not written from there or on the date written on the letter. It was written after his return from Russia on 30 June 1920.
The number 6 does not appear on the letter; that number comes from copies of the letter. It is number 1564 in the numbered sequence of letters to Ottoline Morrell, although the number does not appear on the actual letter, only at the top of the microfilm print. It somehow ended up in Ottoline's possession. In the Auto. Russell writes that this and the other letters were "antedated letters to Colette", i.e. Constance Malleson. When Julian Vinogradoff (Ottoline's daughter) wanted to publish this letter in 1955, Russell refused permission, writing that "these were not personal letters to your mother, but were sent to various people." (Document .053309, record 13763).
There are four transcriptions of this letter:
Document .052468, record 99954 (ribbon copy)
Document .200650, record 19654 (carbon copy)
Document .052459, record 99935 (different typing)
Autobiography chapter "Russia", document .007050f2, pp. 149- 50, record 116402.
Auto. 2: 106
Papers 15: 419
Record last modified 2020/04/19
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