CORRECTED BROADCAST SCRIPT

Typescript for broadcast: ‘Satiric Verse … The text of a lecture delivered at Harvard University in January, 1940’.

Transmitted 9 July and 23 August 1957.

Folio, ff. [3, billing notes and text of intro and outro, with corrections in blue pen], 29 [carbon copy typescript with corrections in blue pen]; ff, 29 [typescript in carbon copy (cuts indicated in red pencil, Bridson’s closing remarks rewritten in pencil)], [1, broadcast notes, details of fees paid etc]; stapled in upper left corner, folded, booklabel of the radio producer D. G. Bridson to first leaf.

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Although a recording of Lewis reading from ‘One Way Song’ was made at Harvard in 1940, the lecture that accompanied it, ‘Satiric Verse’, was not then recorded. For the 1957 broadcast it was read by Walter Allen ‘from Lewis’s own manuscript notes’. Several other sections were read by Stephen Murray. Bridson produced, and provided an introduction and some linking remarks between sections.

‘It is a great pity that so little survives from this reading by Wyndham Lewis. As he says himself, it was undertaken when he was not in very good voice, and the recording was obviously dashed off in a rather perfunctory way. Even so, it preserves the drive and speed and panache of the Enemy in a way that posterity may be happy about’.

Bridson ‘Checklist’ H10, in Pound & Grover.

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