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Title: Jocelyn Brooke Papers, 1964-1965Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1964-1965

ID: MS/MS/ms017

Primary Creator: Brooke, Jocelyn, 1908-1966

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Jocelyn Brooke Papers consists of Brooke's manuscripts for an unpublished book, two essays, and a set of page proofs for Marcel Proust: A Biography, Vol. 2, by George D. Painter, which Brooke annotated. The typescript carbon manuscript for the as-yet-unpublished book is entitled Furious and Deadly: Experiment in Exorcism.

Collection Historical 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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Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase from George F. Sims

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 936, purchased from George F. Sims, 1968: July

Accession number 1068, purchased from George F. Sims, 1969: July

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

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Series 1: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1-3: Furious and Deadly: An Experiment in ExorcismAdd to your cart.
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.
Folder 4: Denton Welch: Painter and WriterAdd to your cart.
Autograph draft, 44 pages with heavy revision and correction
Folder 5: The Dual Role: A Study of Denton Welch as Painter and WriterAdd to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 16 pages with minor autograph revision

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