WHAT PEOPLE IN BARSETSHIRE ARE READING…

When people in Barsetshire aren’t going to the movies at the Odeon, they are reading books for entertainment, or writing them for their highly stylized publishers, such as Adrian Coates. Angela Thirkell readers delight in the Barsetshire books, but what are people in Barsetshire reading? Thanks to Caroline Evans and Beth Thoenen. (C & G = Carroll & Graf, MB = Moyer Bell)

 

 AT Book  Author  Work  Comments  Chapter  Edition  Page
Before Lunch Mr. Middleton Accumulated material for an article… …for the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects. 1 C&G 8
Before Lunch Miss Starter’s Grandfather Essays in Anglican Agnosticism Her father asked Bishop Colenso, “Without the Church of England where would we agnostics stand?” 9 C&G 225
The Brandons ? Pure as the Lily Hettie was reading this “very nice” book in a two-penny edition. 3 ?? ??
The Brandons Jehan le Capet Belphégor le Capet was a Satanist who died young from absinthe; Hilary Grant was studying him in order to write a novel about his life. 4 ?? ??
The Brandons Hilary Grant Novel on le Capet’s sex life Dedicated to Delia in return for her carving his name on a marrow. 14 C&G 354
Cheerfulness Breaks In ? My Burning Flesh Translated from the Mixo-Lydian by a young woman on staff of Daily Dustbin. 14 C&G 266
Cheerfulness Breaks In Esme Bellenden Men of Harlech Likely to beat out Hampton for the next Banned Book of the Month. 5 C&G 78
Cheerfulness Breaks In Spurge-Mackworth A Concept of Neo-Phallic Thought Mrs. Bissell commends the chapter on the Libido-Involuntary to Miss Bent. 14 C&G 264
Cheerfulness Breaks In Lilian Tuckwell The Truth about Byron; The Truth about Shelley, Keats, The Brownings; and many other popular works. The Vicar’s wife is reading the one about Byron. 9 C&G 171
County Chronicle Bohun Poem: “To his Mistress on Seeing Sundrie Woorme-castes”   10 MB 236
The Duke’s Daughter Dean Crawley A Foreigner in Finland Mr. Grantly should be reviewing this but is worrying about Tom. 1 MB 20
The Duke’s Daughter Dickens Bleak House, which is said “Hroj Czandik” in Mixo-Lydian Gradka is herself translatink. 8 MB 20
The Duke’s Daughter Archdeacon Grantly Short Survey of the Religious and Lay Aspects of Glebe Land Mr. Grantly should be reviewing this but is worrying about Tom. 1 MB 20
The Duke’s Daughter George Knox Biographies   15 MB 343
The Duke’s Daughter Lord Lufton Article on “Cows in Poetry” Rejected by the Spectator. 9 MB 213
The Duke’s Daughter Oliver Marling “Some notes on the Caroline poet Bohun” He was having them published privately by the Barchester Chronicle. 9 MB 213
The Duke’s Daughter Sister Propria Persona Selectivity in the Church Today Mr. Grantly should be reviewing this but is worrying about Tom. 1 MB 20
Happy Returns Frederick Brittain and Bernard Lord Manning Babylon Bruis’d and Mount Moriah Mended Its “gifted authors” don’t like Children’s Corners. Long thought imaginary, this is a real book that has been through several editions. 11 MB 251
Happy Returns Philip Winter A book on Horace Swan saw the book on a shelf. 5 MB 108
The Headmistress Mr. Carton Fluvius Minucius, A Critical Study Dedicated in elegant Latin to Miss Sparling’s grandfather. 13 MB 344
The Headmistress E. M. Delafield (?) A Good Man’s Love Dorothy got it from Miss Humble at the “libery.” Delafield’s book was published in 1932. 13 MB 330
The Headmistress Doctor Professor Ronnquest A little book on his own of Frederika Bremer’s visits to England and America Wants Oxbridge Press to publish it. 13 MB 343-344
High Rising ? The Noseless Horror Laura reads it in bed. 15 C&G 250
Jutland Cottage Lisa Bedale “Some excellent thrillers” Aconite at Night and what else? 3 MB 68
Jutland Cottage Canon Fewling Article for Church Times on St. Paul’s qualifications for the Royal Navy if he had lived today This was his highest ambition, and he took great pleasure in giving offprints to friends. 4 MB 94-95
Jutland Cottage Miss Hampton Temptation at St. Anthony’s   10 MB 281-86
Jutland Cottage Miss Hampton A Gentle Girl and Boy, Chariots of Desire “Chariots” is plural here. 10 MB 285
Jutland Cottage Miss Hampton Working on My Daughter is My Son, on a problem of modern life Bent: “It will be strong meat. Can England take it?” 10 MB 286
Jutland Cottage A. T. Mahan Influence of Sea-Power on History, 1660-1805
Admiral Phelps lends it to Captain Gresham, who had already read it. This is not surprising; Mahan’s real book had already been through numerous editions by his 1914 death. 6 MB 152-153
Jutland Cottage Mrs. Rivers Lad’s Love Title said to be taken from a flower, giving two characters the giggles. 3 MB 68
Love Among the Ruins Robert Graham He’s going to be a poet, according to Clarissa His father wants him to go into the Guards. 8 MB 291
Marling Hall Lionel Harvest Cast Me Abroad Mr. Harvey prefers this scathing exposure to Lord Pomfret’s work. 4 C&G 88
Marling Hall 7th Earl, Lord Pomfret A Landowner in Five Reigns Despite Lord Pomfret’s modesty, his book had surprisingly sold thousands of copies.  4 C&G 88
Miss Bunting Miss Hampton Temptation at St. Anthony’s   12 MB 286
Miss Bunting Miss Hampton Chariot of Desire “Chariot” is singular here. 12 MB 286
Northbridge Rectory Mr. Downing Anthology of Provençal lyrics Miss Pemberton asked Mr. Villars to do a little notice on this for the Journal of the English Word-Lovers’ Association. 5 C&G 89
Northbridge Rectory Mr. Downing “Books on Provençal literature” These seem to be apart from the dictionary. 8 C&G 155
Northbridge Rectory Mr. Downing Working on an article for the Journal of Provençal Studies   13 C&G 262
Northbridge Rectory Merriman Cultural Influence of the Court of King René Ever since Mr. Downing reviewed this, Merriman has had his knife into him. 5 C&G 89
Northbridge Rectory M. Bontemps/
Guibert le Biau
M. Bontemps was the editor of the Andalhou, a work attributed to Guibert le Biau.
Dull and prolix work. Mr. Downing wants Mr. Villars’ opinion of a footnote in it. Bontemps also wrote under nom de plume Numa Gargagou.
8 C&G 162
The Old Bank House Mr. Tebben Academic works on the Norse sagas Dr. Crawley knew and respected him as an authority on the literature of Scandinavia and (snakeless!) Iceland. 9 MB 223
Peace Breaks Out Lady Pomfret, wife of 6th Earl A Step Too Far Shocked Mr. Gladstone. 7 MB 221
Pomfret Towers Sasha Menski Worm that Eatest the Flesh Julian Rivers likes the jacket that Bolikoff designed for this book. 11 C&G 245
Pomfret Towers Lady Pomfret, wife of 6th Earl A Step Too Far Shocked Mr. Gladstone. 5 C&G 101
Private Enterprise ? Without My Bones, All Corpses Calling, and an American one, Meet Mr. Murder Chaplain at Southbridge likes these thrillers. 9 MB 300-301
Private Enterprise ? “Others too numerous to catalog, especially as we have not yet invented them” At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise F. E. Arbuthnot Delightful articles for Country Life with illustrations   11 MB 367
Private Enterprise F. E. Arbuthnot Coot and Hern Mr. Wickham had been trying to get a copy of this for ages. 7 MB 200
Private Enterprise Mr. Barton Minor Domestic Architecture of East Barsetshire At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise Mrs. Barton Renaissance novels At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise ? Wot! No Corpse in the Mortuary Mrs. Brandon is reading this after the long day at the bookbinding expo. 7 MB 200
Private Enterprise Rev. J. J. Damper Pergrinations in Palestine At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 198
Private Enterprise Mr. Downing Scholarly edition of an early twelfth-century tenso by Peire de Baruelh At the bookbinding expo. A tenso is a form of a troubadour song. 7 MB 198
Private Enterprise Hilary Grant Book on the French romantic poet Jehan le Capet alias Eugène Duval At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise Miss Hampton Powerful novels most of which had been banned in Manchester and the Vatican City At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise Lemon Lemon on Running Powers Colin Keith is reading this book, or, planning to write a commentary on it, in nearly every book where he appears. 7 MB 204
Private Enterprise George Knox A biography of Lord Stanhope   7 MB 204
Private Enterprise George Knox Biographical works At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 198
Private Enterprise Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind At the bookbinding expo, a hospital librarian talks about how Mitchell’s book got him through being in hospital himself. AT was known to have had a friendship with Mitchell and apparently loved Gone with the Wind. 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise Laura Morland Her best-sellers about Madame Koska At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 198
Private Enterprise 7th Earl, Lord Pomfret A Landowner in Five Reigns At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 198
Private Enterprise Lady Pomfret, wife of 6th Earl
A Step Too Far At the bookbinding expo. Had shocked Mr. Gladstone. 7 MB 198
Private Enterprise 6th Earl, Lord Pomfret Translation of an ode of Ronsard privately printed At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise Mrs. Rivers Autumn Passion Flower Chosen by the Middle-Aged Women’s Book Guild. 7 MB 204-205
Private Enterprise Mrs. Rivers Lad’s Love, Esthonian Equinox She isn’t exactly Barsetshire, but was included because her husband is a cousin of Lord Pomfret. 7 MB 199
Private Enterprise Philip Winter Little book on Horace published by Oxbridge University Press At the bookbinding expo 7 MB 199