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Jocelyn Brooke Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms017

The Jocelyn Brooke Papers consists of Brooke's manuscripts for an unpublished book, two essays, and a set of page proofs for Marcel Proust: A Biography, Volume 2, by George D. Painter, which Brooke annotated. The typescript carbon manuscript for the as-yet-unpublished book is entitled Furious and Deadly: Experiment in Exorcism.


  • 1964-1965


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1.00 boxes

0.50 linear feet

Biographical or Historical Information

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.

Method of Acquisition

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

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

Jocelyn Brooke Papers
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  • 2020 October 15: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495