New Volume of CWEW Announced: Helena, v. 11

The Oxford University Press has posted the next volume of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. This is his 1950 novel Helena which will appear as volume 11 in November. The OUP descripton is posted on their website. Here’s an excerpt:

Set in the 4th century AD, and Waugh’s only historical novel, Helena is the story of the mother of Emperor Constantine and her reputed discovery of the ‘True Cross’. Waugh described Helena as his favourite among his works—in a Face to Face interview with John Freeman for the BBC in 1960, for example. His fictional account of Helena’s widely-celebrated life and pilgrimage is the product of detailed historical research, and it contributes to our understanding of Waugh’s views of the Church, both ancient and modern. Uniquely, however, Helena also demonstrates Waugh’s interest in domestic politics set against a backdrop of significant historical acts.

The Table of Contents is also available:

Appendix A: Contextual Notes
Appendix B: Manuscript Development and Textual Variants
Appendix C: Waugh’s Manuscript ‘Foreword’ to Helena
Appendix D: Manuscript Version of Chapter IX ‘Recessional’
Appendix E: Notes on Translating Helena

The editor of this volume is Sara Haslam. See previous post. Here is her c.v. from the website:

Sara Haslam is Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature and Faculty Director of Research Degrees at the Open University. She is the author of Fragmenting Modernism: Ford Madox Ford, the Novel and the Great War (Manchester, 2002) and co-author of Life Writing (Routledge, 2008), has edited five of Ford’s works, and is editor, or co-editor, of The Routledge Research Companion to Ford Madox Ford (2019) and three volumes of International Ford Madox Ford Studies. She has published widely on Ford, modernism, and war literature, and has also written on Henry James, Thomas Hardy, and the Brontës. She is currently researching First World War bibliotherapy, and her article on Helen Mary Gaskell’s War Library was published in the Journal of Medical Humanities (2018).

This volume is already offered for advance sale on both the OUP and websites but has not yet appeared on their US counterparts. The UK offers indicate that the book is not available for shipment to the USA. This may be due to current interruption in transatlantic shipping schedules during the Wuhan coronavirus shutdowns.


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