Category Archives: Letters

Waugh and the Sri Lankan Cubist

The Deccan Chronicle, an English-language paper based in Hyderabad, has published an article about a 20th century Sri Lankan artist little known in the West. This is George Keyt (1901-1993) who is described as a cubist, influenced by the works … Continue reading

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Visit to Oslo

A letter from Evelyn Waugh to a Mr Some on the stationery of the Grand Hotel in Oslo is to be sold by Forum Auctions later this month. The letter would have been written in August 1947 while Waugh was on … Continue reading

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Waugh in Oldie Article: "Too Close for Comfort"

The current issue of Oldie magazine has an article ("Too Close for Comfort") by Michael Barber on novelists' use of those they know from real life to create characters in their fiction. Barber is the author of a Brief Life of Evelyn … 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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Waugh and Highclere (More)

The Countess of Carnarvon who presently resides with her husband at Highclere Castle in Hampshire has written a book about entertaining there. The house was the setting for the recent Downton Abbey TV series and is being open to the … Continue reading

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TLS Reprints Review of "Miss" Evelyn Waugh's First Book

In last week's edition (22 February 2017), the TLS in its "From the Archives" column has reprinted its 1928 review of Evelyn Waugh's first book: Rossetti: His Life and Works. This review was published anonymously, as was then customary, but … 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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Telegraph Makes Literary Tour of Stately Homes

In today's Property section of the Daily Telegraph, there is a discussion of a tour of stately homes that have a literary connection. This is by Eleanor Doughty, known to this parish as a Waugh fan. She starts with a … Continue reading

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Anti-Valentine to EW from KQED

On the latest episode of The Cooler, the weekly pop-culture podcast on KQED, the theme is Valentine's Day and opens with an extended discussion of celebrity couple break-ups.  From this the commentators segue into a discussion of a letter from Evelyn Waugh … Continue reading

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Waugh in Happy Valley

A recent story in the Tatler recounts the present day difficulties of the British aristocrats and their descendants who settled in that country's area known as Happy Valley during the days of the Empire. The story centers on three members of … Continue reading

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