Eleanor Farjeon was a novelist and children’s author. This is one of the long letters that she frequently wrote to her friend Maitland Radford whilst he was in France during the First World War. In the letters she keeps Radford up to date with the activities of their friends and acquaintances, including Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke and Wilfrid Wilson Gibson. In this letter she tells Radford about meeting Robert Frost and his family for the first time, as well as deploring the flood of war poetry that has appeared since fighting broke out. Farjeon was also a close friend of Edward Thomas and his wife and she makes frequent mentions of them throughout her correspondence. She highlights the anxiety faced by Thomas and several other men in their artistic circle over whether to join the army.
Farjeon also expresses her need to be useful and, in 1914, she joined the Women’s Emergency Corps. However, here she worries about whether she is taking paid work away from other women by undertaking the work in a voluntary capacity.