Resuming Maurice

Resuming Maurice

Resuming Maurice is a collection of personal essays on greater and lesser known writers whose lives and careers have sparked some of the author's own literary and historical interests. Drawing on the experience of a 40-year academic career, he also introduces elements of personal narrative into his appreciations of this diverse set of authors whose backgrounds range from English (Vita Sackville West, Whitwell Elwin, George Barker, John Seymour, Virginia Haggard, J. K. Nettlefold), Welsh (Dylan Thomas) and American (Ned Washington) to Belgian (Maurice Maeterlinck), Danish (Karen Blixen), Mexican (Octavio Paz, Rosario Castellanos) and Kenyan (Ngugi wa Thiong’o).

Corresponding to the growing academic subdiscipline of celebrity studies, a unifying theme of literary celebrity and its discontents runs throughout the volume. To suggest figuratively the interconnective structure and spirit of the collection, ‘A convivial preface’ ventures an imaginary dinner party attended by these authors with Mosley in the background. Chapter 1, ‘Resuming Maurice’, on Maeterlinck, is the capstone essay and includes a ‘Pre-amble’ on the celebrity theme. The essays on Barker, Elwin, Seymour and Nettlefold have strong East Anglian connections, while the one on Virginia Haggard invokes the Norfolk origin of her famous great-uncle, the Victorian novelist Sir Henry Rider Haggard.

Philip Mosley is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State University, USA.


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ISBN 978-1-9997752-6-1
Publication April 2019.
128 pages, 234 x 156 mm, including black and white illustrations.