Tavistock Square, London: Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1926. White paper sewn wrappers, printed in black. First edition. Cover series design by Vanessa Bell. 24,pp. 8½ x 5½". Crease to front panel, smudges to rear panel, else very good or better with no marks or underling throughout. From the collection of R. O. Blechman, an American animator, illustrator, children's-book author, graphic novelist and editorial cartoonist whose work has been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art and other institutions.
First edition, published July 1926 at 2s. 6d.; the number of copies printed is not known. Sanger develops an intricate guide to the plot of Wuthering Heights wherein he describes the compelling symmetry at play to make the story cohesive across a thirty year expanse with many characters with similar, and sometimes identical, names. The text provides a pedigree of the characters and their relationships, plus an Appendix which carefully sets out the chronology of the novel. This essay is from a paper read to the Heretics Club, Cambridge. The Cambridge Heretics was a society formed at the University of Cambridge in 1909, in opposition to compulsory worship, and in celebration of humanist values. Members and speakers devoted themselves to the rejection of assumed authority and religious creed, presenting and discussing papers on themes of religion, philosophy, and art. Over the course of its existence, the Cambridge Heretics welcomed a remarkable number of speakers and Honorary Associates, exercising significant – but largely overlooked – influence on some of the early 20th century’s leading thinkers. Woolmer notes that the essay is "sometimes wrongly attributed to C. P. Snow."
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