Category Archives: Vile Bodies

Terry Teachout (1956-2022) R.I.P

American literary, drama and music critic Terry Teachout died earlier this week at the age of 65. It its obituary, the New York Times commented that the conservative Teachout never allowed his political views to influence his artistic judgement: An … Continue reading

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Boxing Day Roundup

–Penguin have announced the issuance of a new edition of Waugh’s first book Rossetti: His Life and Work. This will be in the Penguin Modern Classics series and will be issued in the UK in April 2022. It will be … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice Roundup

–The website Arab News has an article by James Drummond about how Armenians have succeeded as businessmen in many Arab countries. Here is one example: Armenians were famous builders. Indeed, Sinan Pasha, the great architect of the Ottoman Empire, was … Continue reading

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Roundup: From Party Going to Boredom

–A recent issue of Financial Times contains a “Weekend Essay” on the return of the party, to London and New York at least. This is by Alex Bilmes who is editor of Esquire. After reminiscing about how party going shut … Continue reading

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End-of-the-Month Roundup

–The Daily Telegraph is about to bring back its Way of the World column. This was a home of irreverent political satire from 1955 when it was started by Michael Wharton until 2008 when Craig Brown gave it up. In … Continue reading

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Waugh Podcasts

Podcasts relating to books by two Waughs have recently been posted. –The first is on the Bowie Book Club website. This is loosely related to singer-songwriter David Bowie’s list of 100 favorite books that included Waugh’s Vile Bodies. That is … Continue reading

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Roundup: Public Schools, Pronunciation and Epigraphs

–The Daily Telegraph has an essay by Rupert Christiansen reviewing the English obsession with Public Schools. This begins with a consideration of several novels, films and stage plays that center on the miserable lives suffered by both students and teachers … Continue reading

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Memorial Day/Spring Bank Holiday Roundup

–Historian Niall Ferguson writes about his latest book in the Daily Mail. This is entitled Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. He opens with the observation that the British have made a habit of laughing in the face of death, offering … Continue reading

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Mid-May Roundup

–Nicholas Lezard, writing for the New Statesman opens his article on cold weather angst with this: I was reading Evelyn Waugh’s first travel book, Labels, which for some inexplicable reason I had never got round to before, and I was … Continue reading

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Waugh-Themed Academic Papers

–On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, Yuexi Liu, Assistant Professor of English at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University will make a presentation on the subject: “Narrating Difficult Histories: (Inter)Wartime Border Crossing in Hemingway, Waugh, and Isherwood.”  Here’s a summary from the notice: The … Continue reading

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