Category Archives: Men at Arms

Waugh’s “Hungry Novels” in TLS

Literary journalist and critic Laura Freeman writes in this week’s TLS of a subgenre she defines as the “hungry novels” which flourished in the 1940s-50s. Her essay opens with an extended reference to the scene in Brideshead Revisited where Waugh … Continue reading

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Tatler Reopens U/Non-U Debate

A recent feature article in Tatler magazine reopens the ever popular discussion of English social class markers usually referred to as the U/Non-U debate originally sparked by an article by Nancy Mitford. This latest discussion is by Matthew Bell. Here … Continue reading

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Update: Patrick Balfour Copies

Bonhams has posted additional information regarding the sale of Patrick Balfour’s inscribed copies of several books by Evelyn Waugh. See previous post.: • An author’s presentation copy of Waugh’s autobiography A Little Learning published in 1964. The book is accompanied … Continue reading

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Officers Among the Islands

Duncan McLaren continues his visits to locations associated with what he calls Evelyn Waugh’s Piers Court years. The first of these is “An Arsonist’s Progress” which explores the evolution of what became Waugh’s story Love Among the Ruins. This began … Continue reading

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More from Duncan McLaren

Duncan McLaren has recently added new postings about Waugh and his work to his website. The latest is entitled Men at War (2) and deals with the major portion of that novel that revolves around Guy Crouchback’s (and Waugh’s) early … Continue reading

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Piers Court for Sale

Waugh’s country house in Gloucestershire has been listed for sale according to Country Life magazine. The listing agent is Knight, Frank and the asking price is £3 million. The article by Penny Churchill explains that the current owners, who have lived … Continue reading

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U and Non-U (more)

The U and Non-U debate continues in the pages of the TLS. The latest batch of comments centers on the proper salutation before having a drink. A letter takes issue with the Non-U status imposed on “Cheers” by Nancy Mitford, … 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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Message to Milligan

The following quote said to be taken from a volume of Letters of Note appeared recently in a Twitter post retweeted from 2015: The comic Spike Milligan had great admiration for Evelyn Waugh. Whether this was reciprocated in any way must … Continue reading

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Roundup: A Legacy, a Plaque, 2 Lists and a Mystery

British Heritage Travel Magazine has published a profile of Alexander Waugh entitled “A Legacy Revisited”. This is by Stephen G and is datelined 29 March 2018. It opens with a brief summary of the ongoing difficulties of securing and restoring … Continue reading

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