STRACHEY, LYTTON (1880-1932)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF A HOMO-EROTIC POEM ABOUT KISSING A BOY CALLED ALEXIS ENTITLED 'LOVE AND INTEGERS', 38 lines, 2 pages, folio, short tear in upper margin, not dated
Strange is the power of mathematic law:
It rules the world, it holds the stars in awe;
But who would guess those stern decrees can bind
Even the lips of love, and that I'll find
The difference that lurks 'twixt two and one
While laughing with Alexis in the sun?...
Lytton Strachey wrote verse through out his life. Virginia Woolf thought his poems were 'exquisite, and a little anthology I have here of minor Victorian verse shows none better. But...there is something of ingenuity that prevents me from approving as warmly as I should; do you know what I mean when I talk of his verbal felicities, which somehow evade, when a true poet, I think, would have committed himself?...' The major collection of Strachey's papers is at Austin, Texas.
PROVENANCE: Society of Authors.
REFERENCES: Michael Holroyd, Lytton Strachey: A Critical Biography, 1971; Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988.