Category Archives: Vile Bodies

Desmond Guinness (1931-2020) R.I.P.

A recent issue of The Times carries the obituary of Desmond Guinness who died on 20 August at the age of 88. He was the younger son of two of Waugh’s closest friends during the early days of his career: … Continue reading

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Perry Mason’s Return

Erle Stanley Gardner’s most famous character Perry Mason has returned to TV. This is in a new series on HBO which is about to conclude its first run tonight. Philip Martin has written a background article on the earlier CBS … Continue reading

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Soho and Auberon Revisited

A new book about Soho has been written by Darren Coffield. This is Tales from the Colony Room: Soho’s Lost Bohemia. It was reviewed in a recent London Review of Books by novelist Andrew O’Hagan whose review may be even … Continue reading

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A Buyer’s Market for Quennell and Connolly

Duncan McLaren has aded another article about Evelyn Waugh’s interest in Anthony Powell’s novel cycle Dance to the Music of Time. In this one, Evelyn and Nancy Mitford continue their discussion of Powell’s books, focussing on the second in the … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Good Read on BBC

BBC Radio 4 has rebroadcast earlier today a 2010 episode of their series A Good Read where a moderator and two guests discuss a book each of them has chosen. In this episode the moderator Sue MacGregor chooses Waugh’s 1930s … Continue reading

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Post-Pandemic Predictions: A Roundup

–David Aaronovitch writing in a recent issue of The Times posed the question what would be the cultural responses to the pandemic. This is in an article entitled “We’ll be free to enjoy the Roaring 2020s”. He thought the closest … Continue reading

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The Spectator at 10,000

The Spectator, always proud of its heritage as the oldest periodical in English, is now celebrating the publication of its 10,000th issue. As part of this, they commissioned a clerihew competition (“Two couplets, AABB, metrically clunky, laconic and humorous in … Continue reading

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Acedemic Roundup: Spring 2020

–The journal The University Scholar published by the University of Dallas, has included an essay on Waugh in its Fall 2019 issue (v. XX, No. 1, p. 48).  This is entitled “An Animalistic Death Cult: Materialism and Religiosity in Evelyn … Continue reading

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Pre-Easter Roundup

–Roger Lewis has posted another reading list for the current epidemic. This is in the Daily Mail and is entitled “Keep laughing and read on.” Waugh’s 1938 novel Scoop is among those recommended: William Boot, who contributes nature columns on … Continue reading

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Henry Yorke and Evelyn Waugh

Waugh’s friend from Oxford Henry Yorke (who wrote as “Henry Green”) has joined his other friends on the growing list appearing on Duncan McLaren’s website. This latest entry is in the form of a narrative of the relations between Yorke … Continue reading

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