BJ. William Plomer
24. The Autobiography of William Plomer. London: Cape, 1975.
During 1972 and 1973 Plomer undertook the rewriting of his
autobiography. He worked through Double Lives (10),
making stylistic changes to all chapters, but his death in September 1973
cut short the project before he had reworked At Home
(15). This work combines in one narrative sequence the
rewrite of the former and a reprint of the latter. Chapters 18-22, ‘A
Passage to Asia’, ‘“Gone Native”’, ‘Dangerous
Thoughts’, and ‘Not Through Eastern Windows Only’, correspond
to the four chapters of part III in Double Lives,
and include the same detail, stance, and tone, if not always the same
syntax and paragraph divisions. Chapter 23 reprints ‘Through Siberia
in a Trance’ (12) under the title ‘A Passage to Europe’. See also 37.