Oxford to Host Waugh Exhibit and Lecture

Oxford University has announced an exhibit to be mounted by the Bodleian Library and the Complete Works of Waugh. The theme will be Waugh’s career in Oxford and will be entitled “City of Acquatint.” It will he held in the Weston Library (next to Blackwells), opening on 26 August and continuing through 22 October. Here’s the description from the Bodleian calendar:

Discover the 1920s city that hosted Waugh’s drunken adolescence, inspired wartime classic Brideshead Revisited, and permeated his imagination throughout his life. This exhibition celebrates OUP’s new Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh.

As part of that event, Dr Barbara Cooke, Research Associate at the University of Leicester and co-editor of the CWW volume 19: A Little Learning will give a lecture on Friday, 15 September. This will be entitled “City of Acquatint: Curating Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford” and will be in the Weston Library Lecture Hall at 230-330pm. The topic to be covered will be:

A look behind the scenes at the creation of the Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford exhibition and accompanying map, which explore the lasting significance of 1920s Oxford on Waugh’s life and work through the themes of invention, memory and imagination.

Booking details for the lecture are available here. It will be offered as part of the Oxford Alumni Weekend: Meeting Minds in Oxford. No booking is necessary for the exhibition. Dr Cooke will be available after the lecture to sign copies of her CWW edition of A Little Learning which is scheduled to be published by OUP early in September.

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