The latest issue of Evelyn Waugh Studies (No. 50.1, Spring 2019) has been distributed. The contents are noted below. A copy may be accessed here.
“Huxley’s Ape”: Waugh in Scandinavia (August-September 1947), by Jeffrey Manley
Between his first two trips to the USA in the spring of 1947 and the fall of 1948, Evelyn Waugh made a two-week tour of Scandinavia. The trip was proposed and sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, which later published two articles about it written by Waugh. Unlike his earlier postwar journeys to Spain and the USA, this one produced neither a novel nor a travel book. Nor do his biographers spend much time considering either the motivations for the trip or the newspaper articles it produced.
The trip is of interest to Waugh enthusiasts, however, because it took place at the peak of his popularity as a novelist, between the publication of his two best-selling works. Brideshead had been published in 1945, and he had just completed The Loved One, which would be published in 1948. During the tour he was extensively interviewed by reporters about these two books, as well as those he’d written previously and works he’d planned for the future. Because he had recently returned from his trip to Hollywood he discussed his impressions of the United States, the film industry, and burial practices at Forest Lawn. His comments—generally informative and candid—were widely reported in the newspapers of all three Scandinavian countries and are translated here for the first time. The reporters manifested a keen interest in his answers about the USA.
Reconstruction and Ricochet
Lara Feigel, The Bitter Taste of Victory: Life, Love and Art in the Ruins of the Reich,
Reviewed by Marshall McGraw
Inez, Evelyn, and the Blitz
Inez Holden, Blitz Writing: Night Shift and It Was Different at the Time, edited by Kristen Bluemel
Reviewed by Jeffrey Manley