[Patric Dickinson, poet, translator and broadcaster.] Autograph Poem ('Forgiveness') Signed ('P'), with note, addressed to his mistress Sarah Hamilton, on reverse of mockup of dustwrapper design by her for his 1965 autobiography 'The Good Minute'.

Patric Dickinson [Patric Thomas Dickinson] (1914-1994), poet, translator, BBC radio broadcaster; Sarah Emmeline Hamilton
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The book was published in London by Gollancz in 1965. Printed on flap: 'Jacket by Sarah Hamilton & Partners / Printed by Direct Art Services'.
SKU: 25750

Patric Dickinson has not received his due. A self-styled ‘poet and impresario of poetry’, Dickinson occupied a central position in the cultural landscape of post-war Britain. As an editor and broadcaster he worked with poets such as Dylan Thomas, Cecil Day Lewis and Roy Campbell, actresses Flora Robson, Peggy Ashcroft and Jill Balcon, and actors Robert Donat, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud. See John Mole’s obituary in the Independent, 31 January 1994. From the papers of Dickinson’s mistress Sarah Emmeline Hamilton. (His extraordinary correspondence with her, including 171 original and mostly-unpublished poems, 474 autograph letters and 349 post cards, is offered separately). The present item is a mockup by 'Sarah Hamilton & Partners' for the dustwrapper of PD's 1965 autobiography 'The Good Minute'. The proposed design is printed in black and grey halftones, with the title printed over the top in red. In fair condition, aged, worn and speckled with rust spots. A somewhat avant-garde design, with the whole page covered by a collage of images, including a photo of PD, a grand clock with figures, hands reaching out of the margins, a large painting of Japanese-style foliage. On the reverse PD writes: 'So much love my darling / Here's a little new poem for you. / Forgiveness / Forgive me. I do know / For what in particular / But I know this. / There's always room for it, & Times / One must need to know & know / Like aout snow or the evening star / What forgiveness is. / There's nothing personal (I expect it's them pills) It just welled up. / O how I long to be with you. I hope I may have rung you before you get this. / All my love & specially now / I do so love you / P / Ive got some more of these covers if you'd like them'. As it happens Gollancz stuck with their usual sort of yellow dustwrapper printed in black when printing PD's book. See Image.