The latest edition of the society’s journal Evelyn Waugh Studies (Autumn 2019, No. 50.2) is now available. It can be accessed at this link. The contents are set out below:
Brideshead Serialized: 75th Anniversary of Publication in Town & Country Magazine, p. 2, by Jeffrey Manley
Introduction: November 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the first publication of Brideshead Revisited. This was in a serial version published in New York-based Town & Country magazine starting in November 1944 and continuing for the next three months, concluding in the February 1945 issue. The opening installment was published while Waugh was still in Yugoslavia serving in Randolph Churchill’s special mission to Tito’s Partisans. There was no counterpart of this serial publication in the UK, not for want of a potential publisher but because of the singular set of circumstances under which the novel came to be published in an abbreviated American version in the first place. Not much attention has been paid by Waugh scholars to the serial version of the book. This is understandable since, as explained below, Waugh played no part in its editing, and it contributed nothing to future versions of the novel. The only detailed study of the serial version that I have found is the essay published in 1969 by Robert Murray Davis: “The Serial Version of Brideshead Revisited” that is discussed in greater detail below.
“Something that May Not Matter:” A Response to “Brideshead Serialized: 75th Anniversary of Publication in Town & Country Magazine”, p. 28, by Robert Murray Davis
Caged Ferrets: Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill in Wartime Yugoslavia, p.30, by Jeffrey Meyers
Introduction: Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill served on a military mission to Marshal Tito’s Partisans in Yugoslavia from July 1944 to February 1945. Earlier in the war, Waugh had been insubordinate and unable to adjust to regimental life; Randolph, as always, had been notoriously drunk, belligerent and offensive. Like fierce ferrets confined in a cage, two of the most difficult and disagreeable officers in the British army acted out a disastrous vendetta. Their caustic clash alienated Tito and damaged the relations between Britain and its crucial ally during the German occupation of Yugoslavia.
One hundred and twenty pages of unpublished material from the National Archives and the Public Record Office in Kew, England, and from Churchill College, Cambridge University, cast new light on British policy in Yugoslavia, its military contacts with Tito, and the contrast between his communist Partisans and the pro-Nazi Ustashe; on Randolph’s work, constant complaints and offensive behavior as well as his courage under fire; on Waugh and Randolph’s near-fatal air crash, their English comrade Stephen Clissold and Waugh’s support of the Catholic Ustashe in opposition to official policy. This archival material explains why these tragicomic adventurers wound up in wartime Croatia, why they quarreled bitterly in an isolated village and why their important mission was doomed to failure.
Addendum to “Huxley’s Ape”, p. 48, by Jeffrey Manley
“The Ghosts of Ghosts”– Gatsby’s Oxford: Scott, Zelda, and the Jazz Age Invasion of Britain 1904-1929, by Christopher A. Snyder, p, 51, reviewed by Jeffrey Manley