'Your loving friend, Stanley' The great war correspondence between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute
Gough, P. (2010) 'Your loving friend, Stanley' The great war correspondence between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute. Bristol: Sansom and Company. ISBN 9781906593766
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Few British artists have written as many letters as Stanley Spencer. Even the best-informed estimates can only hazard the volume of words he committed to paper, though it is reckoned he wrote in primary material some two million words. The Tate Gallery alone holds eight-eight bulky notebooks, thirteen diaries, and over 900 extensive tracts of writing, ranging from cursory notes on the back of envelopes to jottings that cover many pages of his rather urgent script. Likening his output to that of James Joyce, one archivist has suggested that ‘Spencer’s writing presents a stream-of-consciousness chronicle of his own thoughts and feelings unparalle[le]d both in volume and intensity by any artist in the twentieth century.’
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