Christopher Middleton, Bolshevism in art

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CPA/1/2/1/31
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 Sequence 2, Box 6 [58]
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [ca 1976]
  • Physical Description
      233 sheets/gatherings

Scope and Content

File containing collated proofs, part of the author's proofs and part of the manuscript of Christopher Middleton's volume of essays, Bolshevism in art and other expository writings (Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1978). The volume was typeset in-house at Carcanet and Val Warner was the copy-editor. Warner has marked up the collated proofs to incorporate Middleton's own corrections and changes. She marks typesetting errors in red, other changes to be made in blue, and supplies comments and queries in pencil. The collated proofs are complete from the introduction onwards, although they lack the other preliminaries. At the end of the proofs are Middleton's own marked author's proofs of the two appendices and the notes (which have been separated from the main author's proofs at CPA/1/1/1/63/2). At the front of the file are all those sections of Middleton's manuscript omitted from the main manuscript at CPA/1/1/1/63/1, i.e. the essays 'The Rise of Primitivism and its Relevance to the Poetry of Expressionism and Dada', 'Bolshevism in Art: Dada and Politics'; 'The Picture of Nobody: Some Remarks on Robert Walser'; 'Mörike's Moonchild', 'Hermann Hesse's Morgenlandfahrt', 'Two Mountain Scenes in Novalis and the Question of Symbolic Style', and the two appendices. These pieces are generally in the form of offprints with footnotes, and were removed from the body of the text because the notes were set separately at the end of the volume. Val Warner has marked all the footnotes up for printing, and has also indicated where translations should be inserted. Also included are: various typescript texts in translation for insertion in both footnotes and essays; Middleton's own holograph title page; two sheets of typescript preliminaries prepared by Warner; and typescript notes on the proofs by Warner.


As the file contains a variety of material, the archivist has added running numbers at the top left corner of each sheet (or gathering in the case of offprints).

Related Material

The bulk of the manuscript and the author's proofs of this volume are included in the first accession of the archive, at CPA/1/1/1/63.