University of Texas Announces Final Details of Waugh Panel

The Faculty Seminar on British Studies and¬†the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin will host a panel this Friday on the topic “Evelyn Waugh: His Visits to the United States.” The panel will consist of¬†Martin Stannard and Barbara Cooke, both from the University of Leicester and the OUP Complete Works of Waugh Project in the UK, and Jeffrey Manley,¬†a member of¬†the Evelyn Waugh Society living in Austin.¬†Here’s the University’s¬†description of the program:

From the age of twenty-five, Waugh earned a substantial living as a¬†novelist, journalist, and travel writer. His brilliant pre-war black¬†comedies‚ÄĒDecline and Fall (1928), Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust¬†(1934), and ¬†Scoop (1938)‚ÄĒwere popular in Britain but sold¬†only modestly in the United States.

Brideshead Revisited became an American bestseller in 1945. It
transformed his career. The three editors will discuss Waugh‚Äôs trips to the¬†United States, not least California, where he became fascinated with American¬†funeral services and invented the character Mr. Joyboy‚ÄĒthe mortician who¬†leaves a beaming smile on the faces of embalmed bodies.

Martin Stannard is Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Leicester. Barbara Cooke is editing Waugh’s autobiography, A Little Learning. Jeffrey Manley is active in the Evelyn Waugh Society and has written about Waugh’s 1948-49 trips to the United States.

The panel will convene in  the Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206, Friday, 8 April 2016, 2:45 for 3:00.



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