Jutland: publications and notes, 1930 - 1963
Scope and Contents
The collection includes: letters collected by Leslie while working on the biography of Beatty, notes by him, and extracts from a diary, and his manuscript and typescript drafts; letters dealing both with the production of "The Epic of Jutland" and its reception; and letters from Beatty to Eugenie Godfrey Faussett.
- 1930 - 1963
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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Biographical / Historical
Through his research for the biography of Beatty, Leslie became involved in the 'Jutland Controversy', on which he naturally sided with the 'Beattyites' - despite the fact that his naval cousin, Oswald Frewen, whose voluminous but highly entertaining diaries he helped to prepare for publication (‘Sailor's Soliloquy" Ed. G.P. Griggs, Hutchison, 1961), had served under Admiral Jellicoe and was in the opposite camp.
In 1930 Leslie produced 'The Epic of Jutland', about 5,200 lines written in Alexandrine couplets. Stephen Roskill commented "Though it was something of a poetic tour de force some lines in it would certainly have qualified for inclusion in Wyndham Lewis's and Charles Lee's delightful Anthology of Bad Verse, The Stuffed Owl (Dent, 1930) had Leslie’s Epic been produced in time. None the less reviewers generally wrote in kindly vein about it." (original catalogue introduction).
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