Category Archives: Vile Bodies

Waugh and the Buggers’ Baroque

The current TLS has a review of a book by Jane Stevenson entitled Baroque Between the Wars: Alternative style in the arts, 1918–1939. The reviewer Michael Hall seems to have enjoyed the book because of its period and subject matter … Continue reading

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Incomplete Works

The Oxford University Press commissioned a review of three early volumes of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh from its sister publication Essays in Criticism. A review of these volumes (Vile Bodies, Precocious Waughs, and Rossetti) has been ably written by … Continue reading

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Lord Ottercove Redux

The pages of the TLS  have been the scene for the reappearance of a character named Lord Ottercove who first surfaced (or not) in the novels of Evelyn Waugh and William Gerhardie. This discussion started with Paula Byrne’s review of … Continue reading

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Times Story on Wartime Antisemitism in Britain is Released

We reported about a week ago that a Times story dated 16 August was withdrawn after publication. See earlier post. This has now apparently been republished with the dateline 23 August under the title “How Antisemitism in Britain is Rooted … Continue reading

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TLS Reviews Early CWEW Volumes

In the latest issue of TLS, Paula Byrne reviews the first five volumes of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. These were published over several months late last year and early this. Byrne is the author, inter alia, of what … Continue reading

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Weekend Roundup: St Helena and Pick-me-ups

This week’s roundup starts with religious and moves on to secular issues: –August 18th is the feast day of St Helena in the western church calendar. Blogger Amy Welborn has posted an article on Waugh’s novel about the Saint for … Continue reading

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Memory of Wartime Piers Court

A letter reposted from the magazine This England recalls WWII schooldays at Piers Court. The magazine appears quarterly, and this letter is in its Autumn 2018 issue. This is from an evacuee who now lives in America. The letter is … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Harold Claire ?

The Oxford Times in its Gray Matter column includes this among today’s stories: I HAVE often wondered what became of Beckley farmer’s boy Harold Claire, and just possibly I might find out on Saturday night. Claire was a boozing companion of the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Anthonys

The current issue of the London Review of Books has an essay by Prof Perry Anderson on Anthony Powell.  This considers the recent biography of Powell by Hilary Spurling and morphs into a longer critical consideration of Powell’s works. It is … Continue reading

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Vile Parties

The website Londonist has published an artcle on “6 Debauched Parties We Wish We’d Been Invited To”. These are all from the Bright Young People days that were described in Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies. There is one which involved Waugh … Continue reading

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