Finding-Aid for the Jocelyn Brooke Papers (MSS017)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Series I. Manuscripts

Series II. Manuscripts by Others

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Descriptive Summary

CreatorBrooke, Jocelyn, 1908-1966
TitleJocelyn Brooke Papers,
Dates: 1964-1965
Quantity: 4 items
Identification: MSS017

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Biographical Note

Jocelyn Brooke (November 30, 1908 – October 29, 1966) was a prominent British author and naturalist born in Kent. He wrote several unusual and semi-autobiographical novels as well as some poetry. His most famous works include the Orchid Trilogy—The Military Orchid (1948), A Mine of Serpents (1949) and The Goose Cathedral (1950), and the Kafkaesque Image of a Drawn Sword (1950).

Educated at Bedales (after escaping twice from a public school) and Worcester College, Oxford, Brooke's childhood revolved mostly around his principal interests of amateur botany and fireworks, in the shadow of the first World War. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps during the next war, and elements of his experiences, and his love of the military life, appear in most of his later works.

Though the Orchid Trilogy strays into a typically English vein of humour, the idyllic land of his childhood and his obsession with le paradis perdu often bring in an element of intense melancholy, something developed in paranoia and isolation in The Image of a Drawn Sword.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Jocelyn Brooke Papers consists of Brooke's manuscripts for an unpublished book, two essays, and a set of page proofs for Marcel Proust: A Biography, Vol. 2, by George D. Painter, which Brooke annotated. The typescript carbon manuscript for the as-yet-unpublished book is entitled Furious and Deadly, and Experiment in Exorcism.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative Information

Source of Collection

Purchase from George F. Sims, July 1968 and July 1969. Accession numbers 936 and 1068.

Processing Information

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff. EAD encoded finding-aid completed by Sonya McDonald, August 2004.

Accruals

Interfiled within collection or by accession at end of collection.

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Series I. Manuscripts,

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Furious and Deadly: An Experiment in Exorcism, (Typescript [carbon] draft, 266 pages)
Autobiographical study in the occult, exploring varieties of religious experience, personal childhood fears, terrors, and unexplained occurrences. Emphasis on psychological approach to understanding, with numerous literary and scientific references and allusions. Includes extensive discussion on Christian Science and Mrs. Eddy. Unpublished and some autograph revisions.
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Denton Welch: Painter and Writer, (Autograph draft, 44 pages with heavy revision and correction.)
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The Dual Role: A Study of Denton Welch as Painter and Writer, (Typescript [carbon], 16 pages with minor autograph revision.)

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Series II. Manuscripts by Others,

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Marcel Proust: A Biography Volume Two by George D. Painter, (Uncorrected page proof [bound], 426 pages. Copy annotated with autograph notes in Brooke's hand on flyleaf and inside covers.)

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