Brigid Brophy collection, 1937-1953

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Brophy, Brigid, 1929-1995
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.
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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 Papers failed 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.

Biographical / historical:

"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
12 June 1929
Born in London, England
Admitted to St. Hugh's College, Oxford University. Left Oxford in 1948.
The Crown Princess and Other Stories, Viking (New York, NY)
Hackenfeller's Ape, Hart-Davis (London)
Married Michael Levey
The King of a Rainy Country, Secker and Warburg (London)
Black Ship to Hell, Harcourt (New York, NY)
Flesh, Secker and Warburg (London)
The Finishing Touch, Secker and Warburg (London)
Mozart the Dramatist: A New View of Mozart, His Operas and His Age, Harcourt (New York, NY)
The Snow Ball, Secker and Warburg (London)
Don't Never Forget: Collected Views and Reviews, Cape (London)
Religious Education in State Schools, pamphlet, Fabian Society (London)
Co-author, with husband Michael Levey, and Charles Osbourne: Fifty Works of English and American Literature We Could Do Without, Rapp and Carroll (London)
Black and White: A Portrait of Aubrey Beardsley, Cape (London)
In Transit: A Heroicycle Novel, Macdonald and Co. (London)
The Rights of Animals, Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society (London)
Co-organizer, Writers' Action Group for Public Lending Right
Palace Without Chairs: A Baroque Novel, Atheneum (New York, NY)
Michael Levey is knighted; Brophy becomes Lady Levey
A Guide to Public Lending Right, Gower (Hampshire, England)
Diagnosed with multiple schlerosis
Baroque 'n' Roll and Other Essays, David and Charles (North Pomfret, VT)
Reads: A Collection of Essays, Cardinal (London)
7 August 1995
Died from multiple schlerosis in Louth, Lincolnshire, England
Acquisition information:
The Brigid Brophy Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2010.
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Processed by Cindy Abello and Meghan Lyon, October 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2010

Accession 2010-0199 is described in this finding aid.

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