Rupert Brooke was admired by many, for both his looks and his wit. This admiration took many forms, including friendship and love. Others viewed him as a god-like figure.
Others, including Fellows of King’s College and some members of the Apostles (a secret society in Cambridge), viewed him in more human terms, occasionally even tinged with a little cynicism. These people disliked the emergence of the ‘myth’ of Rupert Brooke, wishing him to be remembered as a real person. They recognised his talents and charm but also saw his ordinary human faults.
Edward Dent, a Fellow at King’s College and Cambridge University’s first Professor of Music, seems to have had mixed feelings about Rupert Brooke. He was familiar with Brooke through their mutual participation in dramatic productions, including the Greek play Eumenides and the Marlowe Society’s production of Comus. Brooke also had a role in the first productions of The Magic Flute in English, translated by Dent. While Dent seems to have been among those who considered Brooke’s talents as a performer to be rather limited, he still seems to have been fond of him and was quite moved when he died.
James Strachey was known to have had feelings for his close friend Rupert Brooke. He was instrumental in persuading his brother Lytton Strachey and Maynard Keynes to elect Brooke a member of the secret debating society called the Apostles. Initially, the Apostles seem to have had some doubts about Rupert Brooke but he was soon accepted by them.
- Edited transcript of a letter from Lytton Strachey to John Maynard Keynes on Rupert Brooke. 7 December 1905. The Society of Authors as agents of the Strachey Trust. Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge. JMK/PP/45/316/1