Category Archives: The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

Waugh in Academia: Shanghai and Oxford

A paper relating to Waugh will be presented later this week at an academic conference in China. This is entitled “Hearing Voices: The Extended Mind in Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold“. It will be offered on Saturday, 21 September … Continue reading

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Iris Murdoch Centenary Marked This Week

This week is the 100th anniversary of novelist-philosopher Iris Murdoch’s birth in 1919. It will be marked by a Centenary Conference at St Anne’s College, Oxford this weekend (13-15 July). A later conference is scheduled on 10-11 October at the … Continue reading

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New Betjeman Collection

The Sunday Times has previewed a new collection of previously unpublished poems by Waugh’s friend John Betjeman, some of which have fairly explicit homosexual themes. The collection is entitled Harvest Bells and will be published later this month: A newly discovered … Continue reading

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Academic Roundup: Vagabond-language and decadent arcadias

The following articles appeared in academic journals during 2018 and were not previously mentioned in our postings. Abstracts or excerpts from introductory materials are provided as available: –Helena M. Tomko, “A Good Laugh is Hard to Find: From destructive satire … Continue reading

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J B Priestley Revival?

The New Statesman has a feature article this week promoting a revival of novelist and playwright J B Priestley. This is by Michael Henderson who writes that Priestley has fallen out of fashion along with such other formerly popular writers … 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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Roundup: Football, Ocean Liners and Bankers

–In the sports weblog Onside View, a blogger compares Waugh’s opening chapters of his 1930 travel book Labels to the situation facing Arsenal FC’s new manager:  … Waugh travelled, and one of his earlier writings on such subject, Labels, saw … Continue reading

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William Boyd, Winston Churchill and Evelyn Waugh

Simon Kuper writing in the Financial Times reports an interview with novelist William Boyd. This is on the occasion of publication of Boyd’s latest novel Love is Blind: Boyd draws a “binary division” between two kinds of novelist: autobiographers, such … Continue reading

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Late July Roundup

–The Daily Telegraph has another story about the sale of Piers Court containing some new and corrected information: Piers Court at Stinchcombe occupies a remote corner of Gloucestershire. … It has views of the Welsh Hills and the Forest of … Continue reading

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Weekend Roundup: Brideshead Re-edited

Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited dominates this week’s roundup: –Scottish novelist and journalist Allan Massie has written an article in the Catholic Herald entitled “Chapter & Verse: Brideshead re-edited”. The article begins: Brideshead Revisited, published in 1945, was Evelyn Waugh’s first … Continue reading

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