[late Nov. 1941]

S. O. S.

Dear Ellen:

Edgar has just telephoned me to make sure that the Sonnet on Dunkirk shall go in the Collection. It would make an appropriate conclusion as the last poem in the book. Will you send this along to Random H. It epitomizes the earlier narrative without repetition.


Random H
Macmillan of New York and Random House had been considering publishing Dunkirk, together with some of Pratt's shorter poems, in the United States. On December 5, 1941, Ellen Elliott wrote to inform Pratt that both had refused to take the book.