Category Archives: Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall of the Bullingdon Club

This week's Spectator has a feature article and podcast by Harry Mount on the parlous straits of Oxford's Bullingdon Club. He confesses to having been a member himself but seems open minded about its likely demise: It isn’t quite dead — but … Continue reading

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In the Beginning was the Waugh

Journalists and bloggers are making a practice of opening stories with quotes from or cites to the works of Evelyn Waugh. Here are two notable recent examples:The Guardian in a story about today's match between England and Wales in the … Continue reading

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Waugh in the Ratings

Several sites and publications have recently issued rankings on Waugh and his works. The interactive internet site Ranker is running a survey for the best Roman Catholic writer. Currently Waugh is #12 preceded by Allen Tate and followed by Graham Greene. … Continue reading

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Waugh Sites

Several newspapers have recently recommended visits to sites in England that have been associated with Evelyn Waugh. The Daily Telegraph in its Property column has a fairly detailed description of Renishaw Hall. Although still owned and occupied by the Sitwell … Continue reading

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Emma Tennant (1937-2017): Latter-day BYP

Novelist Emma Tennant has died at the age of 79. She was a prolific writer, leaving an oeuvre of over 45 books. She was also founder and editor of a 1970s literary magazine known as Bananas. Although she wrote in … Continue reading

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NYRB Reviews Eade Biography

The current issue of the New York Review of Books has a review of Philip Eade's biography of Evelyn Waugh. This is by John Banville and is entitled "The Strange Genius of the Master." Banville also named Eade's book as … Continue reading

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Waughblogs

Several bloggers have commented on or recommended the works of Evelyn Waugh in the past week. In Antick Musings, Andrew Wheeler recommends Waugh's first novel Decline and Fall which he recently read for a second time:Decline and Fall focuses intensely on … Continue reading

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Waugh Among the Funniest

The Guardian asked writers to name the funniest book they had read. The results are in today's issue where the choices of 14 of those polled are reprinted. Waugh's novel Vile Bodies was selected by another comic novelist David Lodge … Continue reading

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Waugh Dramatization Slotted for Spring Transmission

The Times has announced a list of outstanding TV dramas scheduled to air in the New Year. Among them is the adaptation of Waugh's first novel Decline and Fall to be broadcast in the Spring. (See earlier posts.) Here's The Times' description:It … Continue reading

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Actor Peter Davison Names Waugh Novel Among Favorites

In the Daily Express, British actor Peter Davison lists Waugh's first novel Decline and Fall among his favorite books:It is the book that got me into reading. I didn’t really read at school but once I became an actor and reading … Continue reading

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