Category Archives: A Handful of Dust

V S Naipaul (1932-2018) R.I.P.

V S Naipaul, writer of fiction and non-fiction, mostly about third world countries or their natives displaced to other lands, has died in England at the age of 85. His last notable action was to win the Nobel Prize in … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Anthonys

The current issue of the London Review of Books has an essay by Prof Perry Anderson on Anthony Powell.  This considers the recent biography of Powell by Hilary Spurling and morphs into a longer critical consideration of Powell’s works. It is … Continue reading

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Early Summer Roundup: Promotions and Lists

Hertford College, Oxford, has prepared a gallery of its illustrious alumni for use on its promotional website. Waugh is the youngest of the 12 Old Hertfordians included. The unattributed entry is a well-presented summary of his writing career. It begins … Continue reading

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Desert Island Confusion

The Independent newspaper in London has a story in a recent issue about the BBC’s long-running program Desert Island Discs. This article by Alex Johnson focuses on book lists and this week opens with a discussion of the choices made … Continue reading

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Waugh and Proust: A Handful de Chez Quoi ?

A brief letter in this week’s TLS raises several interesting points about Waugh’s understanding of Marcel Proust’s A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. This is from Dorothy McMillan at the University of Glasgow: Sir, – As your correspondents have shown … Continue reading

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Waugh Novel in New Penguin Series

Penguin Books has issued A Handful of Dust in a new series being sold in the UK. This is called the Penguin English Library and, with the latest additions, will bring the total to over 80 titles. Others in this new … Continue reading

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Roundup: Vile Media

The magazine GQ India had an article about Asian-based novels satirizing Asian-based rich people. This opens with a reference to one of Waugh’s novels: It is an unassailable truth that where there is money, a thinly veiled roman-à-clef documenting the … Continue reading

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Latest EW Studies Features New Views of Brideshead

The latest issue of the Society’s journal Evelyn Waugh Studies has been published (Number 48.3, Winter 2017). The lead article, Brideshead Rearranged: Charm, Grace, and Waugh’s Building of Worlds, by Grazie Sophia Christie, is the winner of the 2017 John … Continue reading

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From Anatolia to Catalonia

A Turkish website which looks like a promotional books blog (okuryazar.tv) has posted a brief introduction and excerpt from the Turkish translation of A Handful of Dust (in Turkish Bir Avuç Toz). After a plot summary, the introduction continues: A … Continue reading

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Roundup: Waugh in Publishing

Amazon is offering a new book by London-based playwright and singer-songwriter Roy Smiles. This is entitled Waugh in Winter and is the text of a play which is built around Waugh’s persona. According to the book description: Waugh in Winter … Continue reading

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