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Guide to the Brigid Brophy Collection, 1937-1953

Abstract

Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey (1929-1995), was an English writer of novels, biographies, essays, and other works. Collection consists of nine volumes of Sigmund Freud's works in English, annotated by Brigid Brophy, who was admittedly influenced by his theories. Also includes an untitled manuscript on telepathy by Brophy, originally inserted in Freud's Collected Papers, Vol. IV.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00156
Title
Brigid Brophy collection
Date
1937-1953
Creator
Brophy, Brigid, 1929-1995
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 10 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains nine volumes of Sigmund Freud, English translations, published between 1937 and 1953. Included are Volumes I-V of his Collected Papers, as well as Civilization and its Discontents, The Interpretation of Dreams, Inhibitions Symptoms and Anxiety, and Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego. All volumes were owned and used by Brigid Brophy, and include her extensive notes on the front flyleaves; some volumes also include her signature or additional annotations in the margins of the text. Brophy's untitled manuscript on telepathy was originally included in Vol. 4 of the Papers, and is now housed in a folder in the box.

Bibliographic description: Nine vols.; portrait frontispiece in the first work; 2 pp. in Vol. II of Papersfailed to print; 8vo, original cloth; 3 vols. with dust wrappers; spines darkened, that on Vol. 1 of the Papers frayed; all volumes with extensive notes on the front flyleaves, and occasionally elsewhere, by Brigid Brophy; text with underlinings and a few notes; 3 vols. signed by Brigid Brophy; with, loosely inserted in Vol. IV of the Papers, an untitled manuscript essay on telepathy (or The Uncanny, as Freud has it), 2 1/3 pp, 4to, good.

Publication details: All are The Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psychoanalysis except the second, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.

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Contents of the Collection

Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and its Discontents (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1939).

Brophy's notes on the front flyleaf.

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1937). 1945 Reprint.

Brophy's signature and extensive notes on front flyleaves. Brief annotations in margins throughout.

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. Inhibitions Symptoms and Anxiety (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1948).

Brophy's signature and brief notes on front flyleaf.

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1949).

Brophy's signature and brief notes on front and back flyleaves, as well as annotations in margins of Chapters IX-XI. Long annotations on pp 87, 96.

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. Collected Papers, Vol. 1 (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1953).

Brophy's brief notes on front flyleaf.

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. Collected Papers, Vol. II (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1953).

Brophy's notes on front flyleaf.

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. Collected Papers, Vol. III (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1953).

Brophy's notes on front flyleaf.

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. Collected Papers, Vol. IV (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1953).

Brophy's notes on front flyleaf and brief annotations in margins. Removed to folder: An inserted untitled manuscript essay on telepathy (or The Uncanny).

Box 1
Freud, Sigmund. Collected Papers, Vol. V (London: Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1953).

Brophy's notes on front flyleaf.

Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical and Historical Note

"A lifelong crusader for multitudinous causes ranging from writers' rights and animal rights to sexual freedom, women's liberation, and vegetarianism, Brophy produced a varied and extensive body of work. Her best-known novels are The King of a Rainy Country (1956), The Finishing Touch (1963), and In Transit (1969). Admittedly influenced by Sigmund Freud's theories, Ronald Firbank's literary style, and G.B. Shaw's aesthetics, Brophy's writings express unconventional and controversial opinions about modern relations, religious education in schools, sexual psychology, pornography, and gender issues." (Excerpt from Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 105, 1998)

Chronology List

Date Event(s)
12 June 1929 Born in London, England
1947 Admitted to St. Hugh's College, Oxford University. Left Oxford in 1948.
1953 The Crown Princess and Other Stories, Viking (New York, NY)
1953 Hackenfeller's Ape, Hart-Davis (London)
1954 Married Michael Levey
1956 The King of a Rainy Country, Secker and Warburg (London)
1962 Black Ship to Hell, Harcourt (New York, NY)
1962 Flesh, Secker and Warburg (London)
1963 The Finishing Touch, Secker and Warburg (London)
1964 Mozart the Dramatist: A New View of Mozart, His Operas and His Age, Harcourt (New York, NY)
1964 The Snow Ball, Secker and Warburg (London)
1966 Don't Never Forget: Collected Views and Reviews, Cape (London)
1967 Religious Education in State Schools, pamphlet, Fabian Society (London)
1967 Co-author, with husband Michael Levey, and Charles Osbourne: Fifty Works of English and American Literature We Could Do Without, Rapp and Carroll (London)
1968 Black and White: A Portrait of Aubrey Beardsley, Cape (London)
1969 In Transit: A Heroicycle Novel, Macdonald and Co. (London)
1969 The Rights of Animals, Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society (London)
1972-1982 Co-organizer, Writers' Action Group for Public Lending Right
1978 Palace Without Chairs: A Baroque Novel, Atheneum (New York, NY)
1981 Michael Levey is knighted; Brophy becomes Lady Levey
1983 A Guide to Public Lending Right, Gower (Hampshire, England)
1984 Diagnosed with multiple schlerosis
1987 Baroque 'n' Roll and Other Essays, David and Charles (North Pomfret, VT)
1989 Reads: A Collection of Essays, Cardinal (London)
7 August 1995 Died from multiple schlerosis in Louth, Lincolnshire, England

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Brigid Brophy Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Brigid Brophy Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Cindy Abello and Meghan Lyon, October 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2010

Accession 2010-0199 is described in this finding aid.