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The Meaning of Night

A Confession

by Michael Cox

The Meaning of Night
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    Sep 2006, 672 pages
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    Oct 2007, 704 pages

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In the acknowledgments for The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox notes that three real places contributed in various ways, to the making of Evenwood, the extremely grand private estate at the heart of this novel. These are Drayton House and Deene Park, both in Northamptonshire and Burghley House. If you have plans to read this book, or have read it, it's worth a few minutes of your time to visit these houses online, to get a sense of what Evenwood would have been like.


Books are an integral part of the intricate plot of The Meaning of Night. Cox says that Lord Tansor's library is "based unashamedly on that of the 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834) at Althorp". The 40,000 item book collection that used...

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