Category Archives: Decline and Fall

Roundup: Labels Reattached

–The weblog Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings contains a review of Waugh’s early travel book Labels. This is a thoughtful critique of an often overlooked book: This is certainly no saccharine account of a trip round pretty places; if Waugh dislikes a … Continue reading

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New Year’s Roundup

–On his weblog Anecdotal Evidence, Patrick Kurp has a posting that quotes and summarizes Waugh’s New Year’s article for Harper’s Bazaar,¬†dated 9 January 1934. Here’s an excerpt: […] Waugh shifts between the personal and national. He had spent the first … Continue reading

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General Election Roundup

Waugh is cited recently in news reports relating to the Conservative Party’s victory in last week’s general election: –In the Sunday Times, Andrew Gimson, author of the book Boris, The Making of a Prime Minister, writes of Johnson’s ability to … Continue reading

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Adventide Roundup

–There are two comments on similarities between the governmental missteps that lead to the release of a murderous jihadist terrorist and Evelyn Waugh’s novel Decline and Fall.¬†Conservative columnist Charles Moore writes in the Daily Telegraph: The deaths inside and outside … Continue reading

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Waugh Letters to Richard Plunket Greene on Offer

Southeby’s has announced the auction of 10 letters from Evelyn Waugh, written while he was teaching at Arnold House School in North Wales. Here’s the description: 10 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED, EIGHT TO RICHARD PLUNKET GREENE, ONE TO HIS MOTHER GWEN … Continue reading

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Armistice Day Roundup

— Fr John Hunwicke posting on his website addresses literary works related to the commemoration of Armistice Day (Remembrance Sunday in the UK): As far as WW2 is concerned, I often think about the contrast between two great fictional literary … Continue reading

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Early August Roundup

–In The Times,¬†author Lynne Truss (best known for Eats, Shoots and Leaves) has found it useful in the present unrestful circumstances to turn to comic novels as a way to reduce stress. She recommends 5 examples. Here is a quote: … Continue reading

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Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy 1933-2019: R I P

The Daily Telegraph has reported the death of writer Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy at the age of 86. He was the son of a younger son of an upper class family, but his father lacked access to inherited wealth and was unable … Continue reading

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A Waugh Pilgrimage in The Spectator

This week’s “Low Life” column in The Spectator describes a Waugh-themed literary/artistic pilgrimage in Wiltshire and Dorset. This is by Jeremy Clarke who starts with an Augustus John exhibit in Salisbury before proceeding to the Henry Lamb exhibit in Poole. … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall: Two Editions on Offer

Oxford University Press has posted promotional material for a special edition of Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh’s first novel. This is rewritten for Level 6 English language learners (secondary and adult students) by Clare West. It is part of the … Continue reading

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