Category Archives: Oxford

Oxford Mail Previews New Book on Waugh

The Oxford Mail in an article by Andrew Ffrench offers an advance look at a new book about Evelyn Waugh to be issued next month. This is Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford by Barbara Cooke who is lecturer at Loughborough University and … Continue reading

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Oxfordshire Pub to Host Waugh Event

The Abingdon Arms in Beckley, Oxfordshire, will tonight host an appearance of Prof Martin Stannard, Evelyn Waugh’s biographer and co-executive editor of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project. He will discuss Waugh’s association with the pub which is where … Continue reading

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Correspondence in Spectator re Waugh’s Oxford “Degree”

Alexander Waugh’s letter in the 25 November 2017 issue of The Spectator regarding the conclusion of his grandfather’s Oxford career has engendered a chain of responses comparable to those in which his grandfather used to engage. Alexander’s letter stated: “Evelyn … Continue reading

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Literary Drinking Bouts

In today’s Guardian there is an article in the “Rereading” column by Mark Forsyth discussing the 10 most entertaining discriptions of drinking bouts in literature. One of those included is from Waugh’s novel Decline and Fall: Decline and Fall starts … Continue reading

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Story from The Isis; Tweets from 1939

Oxford’s literary magazine The Isis has reprinted a story it published by Evelyn Waugh. This was his first and apparently his only story published in that journal, but it was followed by several in Cherwell, according to Ann Pasternak Slater’s … Continue reading

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New Book on Waugh’s Oxford Announced

The Bodleian Library of Oxford University has announced the publication next year of a new book to be entitled Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford. This is written by Barbara Cooke, lecturer at Loughborough University and editor at Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. … Continue reading

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Alexander Waugh Replies: Whose Howlers?

In a previous post, we noted Lewis Jones’ selection in The Spectator of Alexander Waugh’s recent book on the identity of Shakespearian authorship as a book of the year. Jones had some reservations about the book, to which Mr Waugh … Continue reading

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Report of Bodleian Waugh Exhibit

A Spanish-language blogger posting on En Compostela (literally “In Compostela”, probably referring to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain) has written an illustrated report of a visit to the Evelyn Waugh exhibition (“City of Acquatint”) at the Bodleian Library in … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Watering Holes in the News

Several of Waugh’s pre-war venues have been in the papers recently. The Abingdon Arms in Beckley (near Oxford) was frequently visited by Waugh in his student days and thereafter, sometimes accompanied by his friend Alastair Graham. He wrote some of … Continue reading

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Simon Schama’s Guilty Pleasure

Historian, author and TV presenter Prof Simon Schama is interviewed by The Book Report column of the Toronto Globe and Mail. After identifying Tolstoy’s War and Peace as the book he has most reread (not too surprising for a historian), … Continue reading

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