Category Archives: Letters

Roundup: Ethics, Mimics and Graves

–The Minneapolis StarTribune posts a story about ethics in journalism built around a brief description of Waugh’s novel Scoop: …As serious as the news is, a few laughs canā€™t hurt. Youā€™re in for a lot of laughs in the 1938 … Continue reading

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Roundup: Boyd, Banville and Paper Hats

–Novelist William Boyd is interviewed in The Times by Robbie Millen. This is on the occasion of the publication of Boyd’s new novel TrioĀ  which is about the creation of a film in the late 1960s. After establishing Boyd’s somewhat … Continue reading

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Presentation Copy of Brideshead On Offer

London booksellers Peter Harrington have a 1945 copy of Brideshead Revisited on offer. This is a presentation copy to Mgr Alfred Gilbey, chaplain to Roman Catholic students at Fisher House, Cambridge University. There is also an unpublished letter from Waugh … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Orwellian Dystopia

The Orwell Society has posted an interesting essay on the friendship of Evelyn Waugh and George Orwell with special reference to how Waugh’s 1953 novella Love Among the Ruins was intended as a response to Orwell’s 1948 novel 1984. This … Continue reading

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New Biography of Graham Greene

A new biography of Graham Greene has been published. The UK edition is entitled Russian Roulette and is written by Richard GreeneĀ (no relation but editor of a collection of Graham’s letters). The book is reviewed in the Sunday Times by … 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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Summer Solstice Roundup

–Peter Quennell may be having a revival. Duncan McLaren (see previous post) has now been joined by A N Wilson in recounting his career. Wilson in a memoir posted by The Oldie discusses several first hand meetings he had with … Continue reading

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Roundup: Protests and Summer

–The “Rhodes Must Fall” debate has been revived in Oxford in the context of the Black Lives Matter protests. See previous post. In the Daily Mail, a comment on the matter by Evelyn Waugh is brought to bear: Oxford will … Continue reading

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Waugh in “Angloliguria”

Massimo Bacigalupo, author of the 2017 book in ItalianĀ Angloliguria: From Byron to Hemingway,Ā has written an article in the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto about a “virtual trip” to three villas in Portofino during this time of lockdown. One of the spots … Continue reading

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The Spectator at 10,000 (More)

The Spectator’s celebration of its 10,000th issue continues to spread and produce comment. The Daily Telegraph provides an opportunity for The Spectator’s current editor Fraser Nelson to explain what he has found to be the magazine’s approach to politics: …David … Continue reading

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