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A Secret House: Evelyn Waugh's Book Collection


Milthorpe, N, A Secret House: Evelyn Waugh's Book Collection, The Space Between Literature and Culture 1914-1945, 12, (1-6) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1551-9309 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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This article examines Evelyn Waugh’s private library, reading his habits of book collection as a particular mode of late modernist practice. In private and public writing particularly during the Second World War, Waugh the book collector is simultaneously consumer, producer, and cultural combatant. Indeed, Waugh’s collection practices parallel his satiric practices: both satire and collection are guided by the impulse to discriminate, connoting both the pejorative and elitist senses of exclusion, but also selection, deliberation, and distinction. Waugh’s careful assemblage of a library at odds with mainstream literary culture proffers a striking case study of the contested cultural landscape of England in the space between, and after, the two world wars.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Evelyn Waugh, libraries, collecting, twentieth century literature, literary studies
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:British and Irish literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Milthorpe, N (Dr Naomi Milthorpe)
ID Code:113636
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-01-10
Last Modified:2017-11-21
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