Category Archives: Vile Bodies

D J Taylor Anticipates New TV Adaptation in Guardian

Critic and novelist D J Taylor has written an article expressing somewhat nervous anticipation in advance of next week's premier of BBC's three-episode version of Decline and Fall. It appears in the Guardian and is entitled "Would Evelyn Waugh have approved of the … Continue reading

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Vile Bodies to be Featured on BBC Radio 4

Next week's edition of A Good Read on BBC Radio 4 will host Drs Chris and Xand van Tulleken. They are identical twins and both medical doctors who have appeared in such UK TV series as Trust Me, I'm a Doctor on … Continue reading

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Waugh and the Great Ladies

Lyndsy Spence, founder of The Mitford Society and editor of their annual collection of essays, articles and reviews (which recently published its 4th volume) has also written a series of essays about aristocratic women of the interwar period. This is entitled These Great Ladies: … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and Selina Hastings x 2

Forum Auctions has posted an early letter from Evelyn Waugh (sometime in 1929) relating to the writing of Vile Bodies. This is addressed to Lord Hastings and thanks him for the loan of a two-volume work about his ancestor Selina, Countess … Continue reading

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Favorite Second Novels

The Royal Society of Literature is conducting a poll of UK residents to determine their favorite second novel. The competition is explained on the RSL's website:Second novels are a notorious challenge for writers. Whether their first novel was a triumph … Continue reading

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Waugh Watering Hole Rescued by Villagers

The Abingdon Arms in the Oxfordshire village of Beckley has been rescued by the efforts of the villagers. They have taken ownership and, according to the Oxford Times, will soon have the pub reopened for business:The Abingdon Arms is a beautiful … Continue reading

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Waugh in the News

Several papers have alluded to Evelyn Waugh or his works in recent stories:The Irish Times has an article in its "London Letter" column inspired by an interview with David Hockney in which the artist expressed his acquiescence in if not outrught support for … 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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Hat Trick for Waugh in The Spectator

This week's Spectator features three articles mentioning Evelyn Waugh. The first is in a memorial for Tara Palmer-Tomkinson who died this week at the age of 45. The magazine reprints an article she wrote which appeared in the 27 July … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh, Henry Green and Living

Novelist Adam Thirlwell has written an article in The Nation on Henry Green's early novel Living (1929), citing, inter alia, the importance of Evelyn Waugh to the novel's success:[Green] had written one of the most radical novels of his era. It was … Continue reading

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