Five editions of Evelyn Waugh's Edmund Campion

Gallagher, Donat (2012) Five editions of Evelyn Waugh's Edmund Campion. The Book Collector, 61 (4). pp. 531-549.

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[Extract] Five significant editions of Evelyn Waugh's Edmund Champion- a superb biography of an eloquent and nonchalantly brave Jesuit priest executed under Elizabeth I - appeared during the author's lifetime. Each new edition involved corrections, deletions or additions, whether to the text, Notes, List of Works Consulted or to the front and end matter. But the changes are strangely inconsistent, and the reasons for them, and who originated them, have been obscure, challenging bibliographers. Why is the Second [British] Edition of 1947 so different from the American Edition of 1946? Was it Waugh or his publishers who insisted on major changes, such as the removal of notes and bibliography? And do the changes signal an altered conception of the nature of the biography? Edmund Campion is perforce a work of history as well as biography, but the Elizabethan history in which it embeds the narrative of Campion's life is confrontationally revisionist. Scholars, aware of the controversy surrounding the history, and seeking the sources on which Waugh silently drew, may find the removal of Notes and List of Works Consulted, and the historical mistakes left uncorrected, problematic. Moreover, a prospective editor must face the fact that errors and omissions persist in the last edition to leave Waugh's hands. What should a new edition look like?

Item ID: 24761
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0006-7237
Keywords: Evelyn Waugh, biography, Edmund Campion, editions, differences, significance
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2013 01:40
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