Category Archives: A Little Learning

Roundup: From Ocean Liners to The Fiddlers Elbow

The V&A is running an exhibit on Ocean Liners, which remains open until 17 June. Rosemary Hill has written an article about it in the London Review of Books. She discusses the history of luxury liners back to the prewar … Continue reading

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Roundup: Six Novelists, Two of them Waughs

Maclean’s magazine has published an interview of Tom Rachman on the occsaion of the publication of a new novel, his third. This is entitled The Italian Teacher: “about an artist trying to find himself in the shadow of his painter … Continue reading

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Next Witness: Call Captain Grimes

Alex Renton recently wrote a book about pederasty in British prep schools and public schools called Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class. He has now made a documentary about the same subject which aired … Continue reading

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Waugh at 60: BBC 1964 Monitor Interview Available Online

A link has become available to the 1964 TV broadcast of the BBC’s Monitor interview of Evelyn Waugh by novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. The link is to the BBC Archives via Facebook (don’t ask me how that works or how … Continue reading

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Oxford Mail Previews New Book on Waugh

The Oxford Mail in an article by Andrew Ffrench offers an advance look at a new book about Evelyn Waugh to be issued next month. This is Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford by Barbara Cooke who is lecturer at Loughborough University and … Continue reading

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Correspondence in Spectator re Waugh’s Oxford “Degree”

Alexander Waugh’s letter in the 25 November 2017 issue of The Spectator regarding the conclusion of his grandfather’s Oxford career has engendered a chain of responses comparable to those in which his grandfather used to engage. Alexander’s letter stated: “Evelyn … Continue reading

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Waugh and the Jellyfish

A recent travel guide includes a reference to Waugh’s fortuitous encounter with a jellyfish off the coast of Wales in 1925, where its intervention aborted Waugh’s attempted suicide. This guide is entitled Britain by the Book and is written by academic … Continue reading

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Waugh Scholar at Oxford Literary Festival

Barbara Cooke, lecturer at Loughborough University and Executive Editor of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project will appear at the upcoming Oxford Literary Festival. Her subject will be Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford which is also the title of her new … Continue reading

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D J Taylor Reviews the Complete Works

In the current issue of Literary Review, literary critic and novelist D J Taylor reviews the first four volumes of Evelyn Waugh’s Complete Works. The review, entitled “Author of Himself”, manages to be at the same time thorough, scholarly and … Continue reading

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At Hertford College with ‘Waugh’s Enemies’ and Friends

The following account was written by Milena Borden who attended the lecture in Oxford earlier this week. Many thanks to Milena for her report: The title of the Monday afternoon discussion in the Dining Hall of Hertford College was as … Continue reading

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