Black Mischief

WAUGH, Evelyn. Black Mischief.

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WAUGH, Evelyn. Black Mischief. London: Chapman and Hall Ltd., 1905.

8vo., original red and black marble-effect cloth, lettering in gilt to spine; in the original dust wrapper (7/6 net); pp. 303, [i]; slight shelf-lean and spotting to edges; a few spots inside, but minimal; jacket slightly darkened, folds and edges a little nicked and rubbed, overall light shelf-wear, but a very good to near-fine copy overall. Provenance: Book Society Book Plate to front paste-down.
First edition.
Waugh's third novel was written while he was a guest staying at the Madresfield Court in Worcestershire.
Upon publication, the editor of the Catholic journal The Tablet, Ernest Oldmeadow, launched a violent attack, stating that the novel was "a disgrace to anybody professing the Catholic name" and that Waugh "was intent on elaborating a work outrageous not only to Catholic but to ordinary standards of modesty". Waugh made no public rebuttal of these charges; he had initially written an open letter to the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, but on the advice of his friends it was never sent.