Category Archives: Helena

Leigh Fermor Novel Reprinted

New York Review Books has republished the only novel of Patrick Leigh Fermor. This was originally published in 1953 and was entitled The Violins of Saint Jacques. It is about a fictional Caribbean island where a volcano erupts and disrupts … Continue reading

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The Roman Empire and Freedom of Movement

The feature of EU membership which more than any other seems to have contributed to Britain’s exit from that institution is freedom of movement. Yet, as explained in a recent article in the Catholic Herald, there is nothing particularly innovative … Continue reading

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Helena and Crete

The Tablet has published an article relating to correspondence that arose in response to a mention of Waugh’s novel Helena in a 1951 book review in that paper. The review by Fr Gerard Meath related to Dorothy Sayer’s book The Emperor Constantine. This is explained in an … Continue reading

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Waugh, Helena and the Gnostics

George Weigel, author and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, has a written an essay aimed at generating interest in Waugh’s late novel Helena. Writing in the Catholic World Report, Weigel describes the novel … Continue reading

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Graham Greene and Helena

Peter Harrington Books has posted a long list of Waugh rare and first editions which includes several items of interest. A “featured” item is an uncorrected proof of Brideshead Revisited (estimate £15,000). This is not one of the 50 presentation copies, but … Continue reading

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Penelope Betjeman and Helena

The Daily Telegraph has published an excerpt from a book about Penelope Betjeman, a close friend of Evelyn Waugh to whom he dedicated his historical novel Helena (1950). The book about Penelope (to be entitled Mrs Betjeman), is described as … Continue reading

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Review of Helena in Roman Catholic Journal

The Roman Catholic online journal Crisis Magazine, published by the Sophia Institute Press, has posted a retrospective review of Waugh’s 1950 historical novel Helena, possibly his least read work of book-length fiction. The review is entitled “A Catholic Satirist at Work” … Continue reading

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Anne Ford and Helena

Booksellers Peter Harrington have on offer a post card from Evelyn Waugh to Anne Ford.  The message relates to US publication of Waugh’s novel Helena in 1950. Here’s the text and description from Harrington’s internet catalogue: A postcard inscribed by … Continue reading

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Waugh in the Blogosphere

Several bloggers, especially those with a religious theme, make fairly regular mentions of Waugh and his works. Yesterday, a blogger who specializes in Eastern Christianity posted a review of Waugh’s novel Helena on the day that the Church commemorates the Invention … Continue reading

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Waugh Included in Catholic Book List

The editor of a nondenominational Christian online news site, The Christian Review, has compiled a list of what he considers the best 100 Catholic novels. These include novels published between 1827 and 2011 and are listed chronologically. The somewhat subjective … Continue reading

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