Tag Archives: Diana Cooper

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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Cousin Jasper’s Advice

Rosamund Urwin in the Evening Standard has written an article about degree results. She opens with this: In Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, the protagonist Charles Ryder receives advice from his cousin Jasper before starting his Oxford degree. “You want a … Continue reading

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Waugh and Patrick Leigh Fermor

In a posting on the Patrick Leigh Fermor Society website there is a reference in which Evelyn Waugh is quoted as describing Leigh Fermor and Joan Rayner (later his wife) as “the Nicotine Maniac and his girl.” This appears in a … Continue reading

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From the Scoop to the Sack to Baghdad

A blogger has posted a quote describing Waugh’s actions in the immediate aftermath of his sacking by the Daily Mail during his coverage of the Abyssinian War: “The Daily Mail sacked Waugh [… and] in December 1935 he left Abyssinia … Continue reading

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Mrs Stitch on Parking Etiquette

The Lady magazine in a recent installment of its Guide to Modern Manners series offers advice to its readers on parking. The column opens with this example of Julia Stitch’s answer to the parking problem: Lady Diana Cooper, the grand socialite … Continue reading

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Mrs. Stitch in the NYRB

This week’s New York Review of Books (June 4) has a retrospective article (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”) by Robert Gottlieb  on the life of Evelyn Waugh’s good friend, Diana Cooper. The occasion for the article is the … Continue reading

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Huntington Library acquires major Waugh collection

The Huntington Library in San Marino, California (12 miles west of Los Angeles) has announced the acquisition of a major collection of rare editions and manuscripts of Evelyn Waugh. The collection, consisting of some 250 books and 135 letters and … Continue reading

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