Author Archives: Jeffrey Manley

Praise for Decline and Fall Series Spreads Beyond the UK

There are several articles coming in from outside the UK where the BBC's TV adaptation of Waugh's Decline and Fall premiered a few weeks ago. A French TV website (Telerama) includes the series in a collection of its reviews of recent UK … Continue reading

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Waugh and George Steer (More)

The Spanish newspaper El Mundo has published a feature length story on British correspondent George Steer to mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Steer, reporting for The Times, is credited with … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall and British Humour

Writing in Standpoint magazine ("War on Waugh"), Waugh's great grand-daughter Constance Watson expresses dismay at the reaction to the BBC's adaptation of Decline and Fall which recently concluded its three-episode run on BBC One (emphasis supplied):The great British sense of … Continue reading

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Cousin Jasper's Advice

Rosamund Urwin in the Evening Standard has written an article about degree results. She opens with this:In Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, the protagonist Charles Ryder receives advice from his cousin Jasper before starting his Oxford degree. “You want a first … Continue reading

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Mugwump Redivivus

In the present UK electoral climate, The Spectator has republished a 1959 article by Evelyn Waugh in which he expressed his views of elected governments: ‘Mugwumps‘ are in the news today, after Boris Johnson used the term to describe Jeremy Corbyn. In the 2 … Continue reading

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Leicester City, The Novel and Evelyn Waugh

BBC Radio 4 is repeating a December series by Simon Barnes entitled Everything You Think About Sport is Wrong. Episode 4 is called "The Novel" and explains how sport is like this literary form. Both tell a story and can spread … Continue reading

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BBC to Rebroadcast Pinfold-Producing Interview

The BBC radio interview which contributed to Evelyn Waugh's hallucinatory episodes described in The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold will be rebroadcast later this week. This episode of the Frankly Speaking series will be carried on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Saturday, 29 April 2017 … Continue reading

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Philip Sassoon, The Duke of Kent and the Sitwells

Waugh crops up in a number of articles about the upper class in the interwar period. In  Spear's magazine, editor William Cash reviews a book by Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe. This is a biography of Philip Sassoon entitled … Continue reading

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Complete Works of Waugh Available in USA

Amazon.com is offering for sale in the USA the first five volumes in the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh to be published by Oxford University Press. The dates of publication and US dollar prices are set forth below. For more details … Continue reading

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OUP Announces Dates for First Complete Works Volumes

The Oxford University Press on its website has announced the publication of the first volumes in the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project. There are five books in this initial batch which will begin to appear on 7 September 2017 with Rossetti: … Continue reading

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