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Written by Michael LeBlanc   

screen_shot01Justina Chong at McMaster University has transcribed a collection of letters from Eric Aldwinckle to Harry Somers, and wrote a case study detailing her findings:

Aldwinckle's letters to Harry Somers and Ruth Somers (Harry's mother) poetically explore his experience as an agent of creativity in his various roles: as mentor to the blossoming Harry, as a writer acutely aware of his reader, and as an artist struggling to express the strange dynamic of war while meeting the demands of his higher-ups. Sixteen years Harry Somers' senior, Aldwinckle's close friendship with Somers seems unlikely at first. However, this collection of 31 of his letters reveals the fundamental principle underlying their relationship: a love for truth, beauty, and ideals – in other words, the creative experience.


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... Oh by the way after telling you about the Arts and Letters Club annual bill I did receive a parcel from them. It was funny. Everything was saturated with peppermint tooth powder from a broken box. So everything tasted of pepsodent. However I wrote and thanked them and in wishing them a Happy New Year hoped they would all die a “natural” death. I wonder if they will see eye to eye with my sense of humour.

-Eric Aldwinckle, on receiving messages from friends during the war