Category Archives: Waugh Family

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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Waughs in Spectator Books of the Year

The Spectator is publishing its annual list of Books of the Year selected by various writers. Among the choices in this week’s column is this one by journalist Lewis Jones, who writes for both the Spectator and the Telegraph: I … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh, Essayist

A Spanish language website has reposted a 2011 article from the Guardian’s “Top 10” series in which journalist Harry Mount, now editor of The Oldie, lists his favorite essays. He begins by defining the term: There’s not much point in … Continue reading

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Alexander Waugh to Chair Panel at Literary Leicester Festival

A panel has been announced for the Literary Leicester Festival on the subject “Remembering Alexander Chancellor (1940-2017).” He was editor and contributor to several journals, including most notably The Spectator. The panel will he chaired by Alexander Waugh, his son-in-law … Continue reading

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Waughs Feature in Spectator Strip Cartoon

Evelyn Waugh and his son Auberon feature in this week’s strip cartoon in the Spectator’s “Title Stories” column. The cartoon is by Gary Dexter and is entitled “Writers’ Letters: Evelyn Waugh on Auberon Waugh.” The first panel shows an accurate … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Grave: Contrary Voices

In a previous post, we reported the conclusions of Alexander Waugh, Evelyn’s grandson, that William Shakespeare was buried in Westminster Abbey, not Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. It is not surprising that the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald has published differing views: THE Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Lady Burghclere’s Maid

The Mail on Sunday has published extracts from letters relating to the break-up of Evelyn Waugh’s first marriage. These letters were written by Ethel North to a friend of hers (Elsie Merrall) over a a period of years (1919-33) during … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh’s Birthday 28 October 2003

Today is the 114th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s birthday. This has been announced in several news sites that track this sort of thing. Perhaps not coincidently, the Guardian has chosen this date to report that Waugh’s grandson, Alexander, will announce … Continue reading

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Downside Abbey Features in New BBC Series

BBC 4 yesterday transmitted the first in a series called Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery. The subject of this first episode was Downside Abbey: The first film is set in Downside, a spectacular neo-gothic monastery set in the beautiful valleys … Continue reading

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The Waughs and the Leigh Fermors

Two recent books about Patrick Leigh Fermor (Paddy) and his wife Joan include material about their interactions with Evelyn Waugh, his wife Laura, and their mutual friends: The first is Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor¬†by Simon Fenwick.¬†Evelyn … Continue reading

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