Friday, August 5, 2022

Her "Impression of the Place"

When I began to finish Michael Morris' posthumous book, I did not know much about Natacha Rambova's Egyptian years. In completing Michael's negotiations to publish some of Natacha's life thesis, I was required to read and understand her work.  I found her Egyptological field studies to be challenging but most definitely a fascinating time in her life. 

Because her work in Egypt was sponsored by the Bollingen Foundation, her communications with them, as detailed reports about her field work, survived. She wrote long, long letters which are at times only decipherable to an Egyptologist but at other times they are beautifully written descriptions of her life there in the late 1940's and early 1950's.

I share one page of a letter written in February of 1947, on the advent of her first expedition into the Valley of the Kings. The letter is written from Luxor to Jack Barrett of the Bollingen Foundation. The letter is seven pages long and here Natacha describes the many changes in Cairo because of the World War. She then begins her detailed report of the impending trek into the desert.

Enjoy.


13 comments:

  1. Natasha Rambova lived a fascinating life to be sure, before and after Valentino. She truly was the modern woman indeed! No wonder Rudy loved her!

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  2. Rudy must have crossed her mind more than once although she was involved with other men romantically. She carried Rudy in a special place in her heart, I wonder if she ever visited his grave when she was in Hollywood although there is no evidence for it.

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  3. And I think she would have been delighted that Michael Morris told her true story.

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  4. LOL ..... caught you! You admitted that you wrote this letter ascribed to Natacha.

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    1. 9:02: I did not admit I forged Natacha's letter. I deleted your previous comment because I do not converse with the devil. Go away. No one is interested in your idiotic insults.

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    2. 9:02: I moved your comment to Kookie Rabble where it belongs.

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    3. Thanks for moving the babbling foolishness of Shady Ma where it belongs.

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    4. Shady Ma must troll this site constantly, hoping against hope to find some tiny opening to pounce with all of her enfeebled might. Sorry Ma, once more you've shown your pathetic absurdity. Congrats though on sharing a new online home along with other losers like Bret and Terhune over at Kookie Rabble.

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    5. Shady Ma, you are desperate and grasping at straws, now leave us alone and let us enjoy this blog.. You are desperate and grasping at straws, you do not know how boring you are.

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  5. Rambova is an excellent descriptive writer. I could feel that small, cold, dank room and it was easy to imagine the streets of Cairo. Her observations of her travels are really outstanding.

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    1. 4:33: I have digitalized the archive and will have it online at some point. Her letters are wonderful and I want to share them.

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