Posted on 01/07/2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Hey, remember the literary burn book discovered in March 2019?

We don’t blame you if, um, too much has happened since then for you to recall the details.

In summary, someone circulated a survey among the prominent writers of the 1920s and recorded their unvarnished opinions about other writers.

William Mackesy, grandson of participating novelist Margaret Kennedy, found the questions (collected in a journal) in his late grandmother’s belongings.

Other contributors include Rose Macaulay, Rebecca West, Hilaire Belloc, Stella Benson, and Virginia Woolf.

Their so-called literary burn book is now headed to auction with a formal title.

Really and Truly: A Book of Literary Confessions will be up for bid on January 21, with experts estimating it will fetch £4,000 (about $5,400).

Read more about — and read some of! — the collection of literary confessions in the Belfast Telegraph.

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