Category Archives: A Handful of Dust

Roundup: Wavian Influences

–A long-neglected British artist named Frank Bowling is enjoying a renewal of interest in his work. This is led by a retrospective at the Tate Britain which opened on 31 May and continues through 26 August. Another smaller exhibit includes … Continue reading

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Easter Roundup

–The Australian religious journal Catholic Weekly has posted an essay entitled “The Easter yearning”.  This is by Karl Schmude and begins with a discussion of the many ways Easter is misunderstood today. Among the examples is this from Evelyn Waugh: … Continue reading

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William Boyd to Lecture on Waugh

Lancing College has issued the formal announcement and details of its annual Evelyn Waugh Lecture that was mentioned in an earlier post: We are delighted to welcome William Boyd, author and screenwriter to Lancing for the first time to give … Continue reading

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Roundup: Party Fiction and Personal Libraries

–The National Review has published a symposium on the subject of personal libraries in which participants explain the pleasure and burden they impose. Here’s the contribution of American literary critic Terry Teachout: My Manhattan apartment contains a thousand-odd books, but … Continue reading

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Early March Roundup

–Laura Freeman writing in the Daily Telegraph (27 February) surveys children’s books and discovers that one of her favorites has been rated as having a “really high difficulty level.” This is Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men series and she sees the … Continue reading

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Presidents Day Roundup

–An article in the current issue of Prospect Magazine wonders when contemporary writers will learn how to successfully incorporate text messages into fiction narratives. By way of background, the article by Jemma Slingo explains how Evelyn Waugh pioneered the technique … Continue reading

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End-of the-Month Roundup

–The Gale Group Publishing Company, which makes a speciality of marketing and distribution of digital historical archives, has posted on the internet several articles from its archive of The Listener magazine. One of these is a 1979 article by Graham … Continue reading

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Roundup: Whigs, Scribblers, Converts and Teddy Bears

–In a recent Wall Street Journal there is a review of a new book by Jeremy Black  entitled Charting the Past. This is a consideration of English history as described by historians of the 18th Century. It begins with this quote … Continue reading

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Post-Holiday Roundup

–Stephen Bush writing in The Times about the Labour Party’s dysfunctional position on Brexit opens with this: Evelyn Waugh once complained that the Conservative Party, for all its efforts, had never even managed to “put the clock back a single … Continue reading

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The Waugh Before Christmas

–The Daily Mail includes Waugh in a Christmas quiz set by humorist Craig Brown. Here’s the question: 10) Match the Christmas with the participant: a) ‘The presents I got were — as always — far inferior in every way to … Continue reading

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