Leicester book lovers asked to join major literary project

Posted by ap507 at Jan 06, 2014 10:15 AM |
Researchers appeal to readers to share thoughts on the work of Evelyn Waugh, to accompany 42-volume edition of the author’s complete writings
Leicester book lovers asked to join major literary project

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Lovers of literature have a chance to take part in a large-scale project, set up by the School of English, which aims to publish the complete writings of the British author Evelyn Waugh.

Keen readers across Leicester are invited to join a newly-launched book club. Members will be able to read Waugh’s works and discuss them at monthly meetings with fellow readers across the city.

Book club members’ thoughts will feed into an online log of public reactions to Waugh’s work on a website accompanying the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project, of which Professor Martin Stannard is the Co-Executive Editor.

The 42-volume edition will be published by Oxford University Press between 2016 and 2022. This will include all of Waugh’s novels, short stories, biographies, travel writing and art work, as well as all of his letters – the vast majority of which have never been seen by the public.

The team are appealing to the public to come forward with any lost Waugh material – such as letters or other correspondence which may have been in private ownership for generations.

The first Book Club will be in Leicester Central Library on Saturday 25 January at 11:00am, where Waugh fans are invited to discuss the classic novel, Brideshead Revisited, over tea and cake.

Anyone interested in signing up should contact: waughbookgroupleicester@gmail.com

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