Friday, October 04, 2013


I Read It Only for Pleasure

T.E. Lawrence, letter to Ralph Isham (January 2, 1928):
When your letter came, I took the Odyssey down from the shelf (it goes with me, always, to every camp, for I love it) and tried to see myself translating it, freely, into English. Honestly, it would be most difficult to do. I have the rhythm of the Greek so in my mind, that it would not come readily into straight English. Nor am I a scholar: I read it only for pleasure, and have to keep a dictionary within reach.

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