Roundup: Eliot, Milton and Stonewalling

–The current issue of the Journal of the T S Eliot Society (UK): 2022 contains an essay entitled “Different Voices: Evelyn Waugh and The Waste Land.” This is by William Myers who is presumably the author of Evelyn Waugh and the Problem of Evil (London: Faber, 1991). He was born in Dublin in 1939, educated at Oxford and retired as Professor of English at University of Leicester in 1999. Copies of the Journal are available from this link.

–An article entitled “Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (1945) and Milton’s Areopagitica: The Satirist in Spite of Himself” by Clay Daniel was recently posted on the internet. It originally appeared in ANQ: Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews but no date of publication is provided. Here’s a link to the online version.

–The literary critics of the Independent newspaper have compiled a list of the “40 best books you need to read before you die”. One of the choices is Brideshead Revisited:

Evelyn Waugh bottles the intoxicating vapour of a vanished era in this novel about the middle class Charles Ryder, who meets upper class Sebastian Flyte at Oxford University in the 1920s. Scrap the wartime prologue, and Charles’s entire relationship with Sebastian’s sister Julia (Dear Evelyn, Thank you for your manuscript, a few suggested cuts…) and you’re looking at one of the most affecting love affairs in the English language (Chris Harvey).

The Spectator has posted a list of what its writers are reading on their summer holidays. Here’s an excerpt:

Peter Jones
Most of my holidays have been taken giving talks about the ancient world to travellers on boats, an extremely agreeable way of passing the time but not without its duties and obligations. My reading matter therefore takes me back into familiar comfort zones, guaranteeing irresponsible, honest pleasures on every page, exemplified by P.G. Wodehouse (High Stakes) and Evelyn Waugh (Scoop).

–Gareth Roberts also in The Spectator has an article in which he explains how “stonewalling” by government officials and others seeking to avoid unfavorable news has recently been carried to new heights. Here’s an example where Waugh is cited:

The Biden administration has escaped from recession simply by changing the definition of recession, with Big Tech in the shape of Wikipedia rewriting its definition to suit. This is something you might expect to find in one of Evelyn Waugh’s travelogues of failed states of the 1930s.


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