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The Religious Book Club Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-A-64
The Religious Book Club archive contains various materials relating to the club and Sayers’s position on the Advisory Committee, including: meeting minutes, agendas, book lists, RBC advertisements, Bulletins, and related correspondence. Contents are arranged chronologically.

Dates

  • Created: 1941-1948

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Copies or publication of materials by Dorothy L. Sayers require permissions from the Sayers Literary Executor.

Extent

1.00 box : 3 folders

0.3 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Religious Book Club archive contains various materials relating to the club and Sayers's position on the Advisory Committee,  including: meeting minutes, agendas, book  lists, RBC advertisements, Bulletins, and related correspondence.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Religious Book Club offered books on the Christian faith and life by authors deemed to have made, in the words of an RBC ad, a positive "reinterpretation of Christianity and the relating of it to modern problems." Members of the club received a new Club edition book every two months at discounted prices. Sayers joined the Advisory Committee for the club in 1941. The committee met regularly and selected new books for publication.

The material in this archive was acquired at auction from Sotheby's in London by the Wade Center in 2000. The original Sotheby's lot included in this archive is: Lot 292, iv.

Source of Acquisition

01/1a

Related Materials

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources in the Wade Center holdings:

Anonymous. Religious Book Club Bulletin, June 1949. Review of Creed or Chaos by Dorothy L. Sayers. (AF-3012)

Nestor. “Religious Book Club's Choice.” Rotherham Advertiser, March 30, 1940. Review of Descent of the Dove by Charles Williams. (AF-16248)

Books Issued by the RBC in the Wade Center holdings:

Frost, Bede. Who? [reprint]. London: The Religious Book Club, 1941.

Lewis, C. S. The Chronicles of Narnia With The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land by Kathryn Lindskoog. 2 Vols. New York: Religious Book Club, 1973.

Sayers, Dorothy L. Creed or Chaos? and Other Essays in Popular Theology. 2nd Printing [of Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1947 edition]. London: The Religious Book Club, 1948.

Sayers, Dorothy L. The Mind of the Maker. The Religious Book Club Edition. London: The Religious Book Club, 1942.

Underhill, Evelyn. The Letters of Evelyn Underhill. Williams, Charles edited and with an introduction. This edition published under arrangement with Longmans, Green and Co., Ltd. London: The Religious Book Club, 1945.

Williams, Charles. The Descent of the Dove: a Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church. 1st edition. London: The Religious Book Club, 1939.

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

Other Descriptive Information

Stored with the New Cosmology and Religious Drama Society archives (A-63, A-65). There is an acquisition file for this collection. There is a research copy of this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Schmidt
Title
The Religious Book Club Archive
Author
Laura Schmidt
Date
04/10/2007
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

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