Category Archives: Auctions

Dramatist of WWII Yugoslavia Profiled

The Islington Tribune has published a profile of playwright James Hugh Macdonald. He has written a play called Happy Warriors based on the experience of Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill in wartime Yugoslavia. (See previous posts.): James Hugh Macdonald, a … Continue reading

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Sotheby’s to Sell Small Waugh Collection

Sotheby’s London has scheduled a the sale of small collection of signed copies and first editions of books by Evelyn Waugh on 11-12 December. These are apparently from a larger otherwise unidentified Hampstead Collection of two collectors living in that … Continue reading

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Waugh Item Included in Vivien Leigh Sale

The Guardian has reported the sale of several items (including many books) from the estate of actress Vivien Leigh. The sale at Sotheby’s London on 26 September is occasioned by the recent death of her daughter, Suzanne Farrington. Leigh herself died … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Dystopia

In the recent wave of interest in dystopian novels following the USA’s change of government, most attention has been focused on 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale (which has been made into a successful TV serial) and Brave New World. Evelyn Waugh’s … Continue reading

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Ear Trumpet Sold at Auction

One of Waugh’s ear trumpets sold at auction earlier this week. The hammer price was £2,200. Thanks to Rich Oram, who is suffering non-bidder’s regret, for passing this along.

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Visit to Oslo

A letter from Evelyn Waugh to a Mr Some on the stationery of the Grand Hotel in Oslo is to be sold by Forum Auctions later this month. The letter would have been written in August 1947 while Waugh was on … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and Selina Hastings x 2

Forum Auctions has posted an early letter from Evelyn Waugh (sometime in 1929) relating to the writing of Vile Bodies. This is addressed to Lord Hastings and thanks him for the loan of a two-volume work about his ancestor Selina, Countess … Continue reading

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Waugh-Designed Bookplate on Ebay

A book for sale on ebay contains a bookplate designed by Evelyn Waugh. The book belonged to Dudley Carew (1903-1981), Waugh’s school friend from Lancing who later wrote a memoir entitled A Fragment of Friendship: Evelyn Waugh as a young man (1974). … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Ear Trumpet (More)

Today’s Times newspaper has published an article by David Brown providing some additional information about Waugh’s ear trumpet which is to be auctioned in a few weeks’ time. See earlier post: Although Waugh wielded the trumpet with relish he had … Continue reading

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Graham Greene and Helena

Peter Harrington Books has posted a long list of Waugh rare and first editions which includes several items of interest. A “featured” item is an uncorrected proof of Brideshead Revisited (estimate £15,000). This is not one of the 50 presentation copies, but … Continue reading

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