Category Archives: World War II

Maud Russell Diaries in Telegraph

Excerpts from the wartime diaries of Maud Russell have been published in the Daily Telegraph. In a previous post it was explained how she commissioned Rex Whistler to paint murals in her country house at Mottisfont in Hampshire where there is … Continue reading

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WWII Yugoslavia Revisited

A new collection of articles about the Balkans by Irish writer Hubert Butler has been published in Ireland. This is entitled Balkan Essays, and at its center is a group of essays collected as the "Yugoslavia Suite". The book is … 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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Jonkers Issue Waugh Catalogue

Jonkers Books of Henley-on-Thames have issued a 70-page illustrated catalogue exclusively devoted to books and writings by Evelyn Waugh and his friends. Here's a link to the online edition which is limited to books or other writings by Waugh or to which he … 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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Part 2 of BBC Arena Trilogy Posted

Part 2 of the BBC Arena's Waugh Trilogy has been posted on YouTube. This is entitled "From Mayfair to the Jungle" and covers the 1930s continuing through the war to Brideshead Revisited. Those interviewed include William Deedes, Dorothy Lygon, John … Continue reading

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"Lady Beevor"

Novelist Sebastian Faulks writing in his "Diary" column in this week's Spectator comments on the knighthood recently awarded historian Antony Beevor. Sir Antony, as he will now be addressed, is best known in this parish for his book Crete: The … Continue reading

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Waugh's Scarf

The Croatian newspaper Jutarnji Vijesti (Morning News) published in Zagreb has a longish article about Waugh's career in Yugoslavia in WWII and his connections with that country afterwards. The story opens with a description of a silk scarf on display in Rijeka. This … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh, Secret Agent?

There have been two articles posted within the last month which suggest that Evelyn Waugh was, along with other writers of his generation, at some time during his career in the employ of the secret intelligence services. The first, written … Continue reading

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Letter to Times Cites Waugh Defense of Wodehouse

In a letter to The Times (headed "Wodehouse's World") arising from reports of the archiving of the papers of P G Wodehouse at the British Library (see earlier post), a reader has added Evelyn Waugh to the list of those who … Continue reading

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