Category Archives: Letters

“Tsunami of Waviana”

The Australian magazine Quadrant has a review in its online edition by Mark McGinness of the early volumes of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh published earlier this week. The article is entitled “Total Waugh.” McGinness begins with an effort to … Continue reading

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University of Leicester Posts PR about Launch of Complete Works

The University of Leicester which is hosting the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project has issued a detailed Press Release about the publication of the first five volumes. The launch of the project is scheduled for later this week. Much … Continue reading

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George Smiley and Basil Seal

The Evening Standard has reviewed John Le Carre’s latest novel A Legacy of Spies in which he revives his old characters from the George Smiley novels. The reviewer David Sexton has this observation about the pitfalls of this practice: Often it … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh at the National Trust, Edinburgh Festival and Houston,TX

Evelyn Waugh is appearing all over the place in today’s media reports: In the internet newspaper iNews, there is a story about problems being rained upon the National Trust, one of Britain’s once most beloved institutions. The Trust are the stewards of … Continue reading

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CWEW Diaries Volume Previewed in Sunday Times

The Sunday Times becomes the first paper to preview a volume of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. The first four of these will be published at the beginning of September, in less than two week’s time. One of those … Continue reading

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Brideshead Catholics and the Last Altar Boy

In the Roman Catholic news website cruxnow.com there is an article by Fr Dwight Longenecker about various nostalgic tendencies within the church: … conservative Catholics long for a pre-Conciliar Church of the Latin Mass and old devotions. Liberals often dream of a return … Continue reading

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Alan Hollinghurst on Henry Green (and Evelyn Waugh)

Novelist Alan Hollinghurst has reviewed several of Henry Green’s novels (the first six, I believe) in New York Review of Books. This is in connection with the republication of Green’s books by the NYRB’s book subsidiary. In addition to the … Continue reading

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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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Churchill, the “Sham Augustan”

Winston Churchill’s reputation seems to be enjoying yet another renaissance. This may be due to political leadership fatigue in the English-speaking world. A recent book and two films are the latest examples of Churchilliana. An issue of The Tablet from earlier … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and Clare Balding’s Great Grandfather

In the latest episode of the BBC’s series Who Do You Thing You Are?, the subject is their sports presenter Clare Balding. As a member of the LGBT community, she is interested in finding out if any of her ancestors … Continue reading

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