Edward Upward: Notebook

Scope and Content

An exercise book (cover missing) containing a variety of notes, including political theory and history, and an outline 'English Syllabus, Forms 1 & 2'. The syllabus is dated 'Nov 1951', but the political notes seem to be of earlier date since they imply Upward's Communist Party membership.

Includes notes on Christopher Caudwell (Illusion and Reality), and also several 'Letters' (in English) from the epistolary novel by Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782). The English version of the Letters (Letters XX, XXI, XXII, and XXIII) is not identical to the translations by Dowson (1940) or by Aldington (1952), and they exhibit some revision of phrases and expressions which suggests the versions are original. They are not written in Upward's hand and are double-spaced.

With a single loose sheet of notes entitled 'Propaganda', with reference to Communist Party practice, and includes a list of questions (e.g. 'How shd Br Cttee set about conveying the Party line to the Branch membership?' and 'How shd a Party member conduct informal and personal prop[aganda]?').

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