Degenerate Oxford? Dedication Copy (1930)
Author: Terence Greenidge
Book ID: 67406
Degenerate Oxford? A Critical Study of Modern University Life. London: Chapman & Hall, . Pp vii, 244. Publisher’s cloth boards, title in gilt to spine. Covers faded, contents in good condition. Ex libris Rudolph Messel with his bookplate.
Dedication copy to Rudolph Messel and Inscribed with a twelve-line poem by Greenidge to front free endpaper.
In the Fortnightly Review (March 1930) Evelyn Waugh describes the book as ‘a thorough and unsophisticated examination of the nature and value of Oxford education.’ Waugh, a fellow student & friend of Greenidge, described him as a prominent member of the University during his student days ‘in athletic, intellectual and social circles.’
Fellow Oxonian Rudolph Messel was a friend of Terence Greenidge & Evelyn Waugh in the early twenties and one of the lesser known members of the ‘Hypocrites Club,’ noted for its flamboyance and drunkenness.
A fascinating look at Oxford during those golden years, between the Great Wars.
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