Category Archives: Vile Bodies

Evelyn Waugh and Simon Raven

In his Daily Mail weblog, Peter Hitchens wonders whether the popularity of the recent BBC series on the Jermy Thorpe scandal might presage a revival of the Alms for Oblivion novels by one of his favorite under-read authors, Simon Raven: … Continue reading

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Roundup: From All Over

A story in a recent edition of The Print, a New Delhi-based digital newspaper specializing in political reporting, likens the journalistic coverage of the recent Russian hacking scandal to the war coverage described in Evelyn Waugh’s novel Scoop. The story … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Venues: Chagford and Beckley

Two of Waugh’s favorite writing venues have recently been in the news. An article on the Easton Court Hotel in Chagford, South Devon, was recently posted on the website jot101.com. This begins with a description of  the facilities in wartime … Continue reading

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Early TV Adaptations: Vile Bodies and Put Out More Flags

IMDB recently updated the archival information in its database relating to two little-known BBC TV adaptations of Waugh’s works from 1970. These are Vile Bodies  and Put Out More Flags. Both were 90-minute productions on BBC2, but some archival information … Continue reading

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Haphazard Dust-bins

Spanish novelist Imma Monsó has written an article inspired by the publication in Spanish of US novelist James Salter’s The Art of Fiction. Salter’s book is based on a series of 2014 lectures he gave at the University of Virginia … Continue reading

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Roundup: Vile Media

The magazine GQ India had an article about Asian-based novels satirizing Asian-based rich people. This opens with a reference to one of Waugh’s novels: It is an unassailable truth that where there is money, a thinly veiled roman-à-clef documenting the … Continue reading

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Waugh Watering Holes in the News

Two pubs associated with Evelyn Waugh’s life in the 1920-30s have recently been in the news: the Abingdon Arms in Beckley, Oxon., and the Fair View Inn in Llanddulas, North Wales. In  one case the news is good, in the … Continue reading

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Hard Cases: Drugs and Reality

The Spanish magazine Historia y Vida based in Barcelona has an article this month about Brenda Dean Paul. She was a member of the bright young people, and the story by Eva Melús connects her with Waugh’s novels of the … Continue reading

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A Diary, a Legacy, and a First Edition

The long-running “Londoner’s Diary” column of the Evening Standard has been relaunched as “The Londoner” and has a new author, Charlotte Edwardes, who writes her introductory article with a nod to Evelyn Waugh and several of his friends: On my … Continue reading

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Vile Bodies: Two Wins and a Loss

Esquire magazine has published a list of what it considers the “24 Funniest Books Ever Written” as compiled by Will Hersey. At number 6 is Waugh’s Vile Bodies (1930): …Evelyn Waugh brilliantly, hilariously, unflinchingly but always humanely pinions a society … Continue reading

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