Author Archives: Jeffrey Manley

Biffing: A History

Today's Times notes the issuance of the UK paperback edition of a WWII history which has Wavian overtones. This is The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: Churchill’s Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat by Giles Milton. In his brief notice, Lawrence James explains:The Castrator, a … Continue reading

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Times Previews Episode 3 of Decline and Fall

The Times has provided a detailed preview of tonight's final episode of the BBC's adaptation of Waugh's novel Decline and Fall. Not surprisingly, given the darker contents of the latter part of the novel, the preview by James Jackson finds … Continue reading

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The Caramanserai and Objets D'Arcy

The current issue of The Tablet has a feature length article about Frederick Copleston, SJ entitled "The Cleverest Jesuit". This is by John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University and University of St Andrews. He begins by describing the context … Continue reading

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Final Episode of Decline and Fall

The final episode of the BBC's adaptation of Waugh's Decline and Fall will broadcast tomorrow, Friday, 14 April on BBC One at 9pm. The adaptation has been widely reviewed and mostly praised. Rosamund Urwin gives her assessment in the Evening Standard:The wit, … Continue reading

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Podcast Discusses Scoop

A podcast panel made up of three Midwestern blokes and called "InfiniteGestation" has in its latest episode (#047) discussed Evelyn Waugh's 1938 novel Scoop. This is the first book by Waugh to be taken up by their program, which seems to … Continue reading

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Ritchie-Hook Model Appears in New Book

Writing in the Irish Times, author Mark Felton describes one of the British officers who appear in his new book as the model for Evelyn Waugh's eccentric Ben Ritchie-Hook in his Sword of Honour trilogy. This is Brigadier-General Adrian Carton … Continue reading

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Anniversary of Waugh's Death Marked by BBC

BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 have marked the anniversary of Evelyn Waugh's death, which occurred on 10 April 1966, with the posting of a 1979 Radio 3 interview of Graham Greene. Greene explained that the two authors' deaths that had most … Continue reading

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Acorn TV to Premiere Decline and Fall in May

The subscription streaming service Acorn TV has earlier today announced the acquisition of exclusive US rights to the BBC's adaptation of Waugh's novel Decline and Fall. According to reports on the internet, the series will be available for internet streaming in … Continue reading

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Wales Promotes "Decline and Fall" Tourism

The Daily Post (Llandudno) has published a story explaining Waugh's connection with the Arnold House school in nearby Llanddulas. In Decline and Fall, Waugh renamed the place Llanabba and called the school after the house:...It was [here] in January 1925 … Continue reading

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Times Review of Episode 2

Andrew Billen writing in today's Times has nothing but praise for the second episode of BBC's Decline and Fall adaptation:On Friday the BBC’s adaptor James Wood did very well keeping our interest now that the action has moved to Margot Beste-Chetwynde ... and … Continue reading

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